After a bruising welcome to English football on Sunday as a substitute during Chelsea's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, the only positive spin for the United States forward is that the magnitude of his challenge is now crystal clear.
Christian Pulisic, the United States global imported from Borussia Dortmund, is the top contender to be Chelsea's new creative fulcrum and was handed his debut by Lampard off the bench with thirty minutes to go.
Frank Lampard's Chelsea reign got off to the worst start possible as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United put four past the Blues legend's side, suggesting that the London club's post-Hazard era may be a hard one.
Here's what we learned from Old Trafford. Meanwhile, the presence at the back of Harry Maguire, the world's most expensive defender at £80 million, made a huge difference to United's solidity, with right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka also improving the defensive unit.
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But at 6-4, 2-1 I had a pain moving backwards, and my ankle that was already painful, I hurt it again. Thiem and Zverev, the second and third seeds respectively, bowed out with straight-sets losses.
"(Victor) Lindelof can be a very good player, and with Maguire, they could make a very good couple", he added.
Solskjaer admitted his team had been "lucky" to keep their lead before a clinical second half that saw Rashford, Martial and James score three times in 16 minutes. That's a tad harsh, but he gave away a penalty kick, looked all over the place positionally and the pace of Marcus Rashford was too much for him to handle. He needs to find a way to win quickly, even though Eden Hazard has gone to Real Madrid, while N'Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Willian are not fully fit. On this showing neither Zouma or Christensen did themselves any favors. Just two minutes after Martial's goal, Rashford got his second off a spectacular ball from Paul Pogba. He pinged over a pinpoint ball to Rashford to make it 3-0, then surged towards goal and slotted in Daniel James for the fourth.
But that did not stop Pogba telling reporters after United's resounding start to the season that he is still unsure about his future, even if there appears to be little prospect of the club allowing him to leave before the close of the European windows on September 2. We were better in possession and in terms of chances.
Chelsea were given a true beating by Man United on Sunday afternoon, reminding Blues fans that they've got a long season ahead of them in all likelihood.