Pulisic is in his second season with Chelsea, having arrived from Borussia Dortmund, where he previously had spent his entire professional career. But despite never playing senior football in the US, the 22 year-old is far and away the most popular player in his country.
He is also the youngest player to ever captain the USA, when he wore the armband at 20 years of age two years ago in a friendly against Italy.
And Lalas insists the USA international's inconsistency has nothing to do with his ability.
"He needs better players around him."
Pulisic came off the bench on Sunday for Chelsea in their 4-0 FA Cup triumph against Morecambe.
This season, the winger has played fourteen games for Chelsea, scoring twice. Interestingly, Pulisic is yet to produce an assist so far this term.
- updated January 11