Hakim Ziyech could leave Chelsea at the end of the season
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Ziyech could leave Chelsea
Since his arrival at Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech has struggled for regular game time due to injury at the start to campaign and competition from his rivals.
However since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, taking over from Frank Lampard, the Moroccan international’s opportunities have slimmed further despite his readiness.
This has particularly been down to the form of England international Mason Mount.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their 1st goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on January 16, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Mount has made the attacking midfield role at the Blues his own and goals against Porto in the Champions League and an assist last weekend against Crystal Palace have only strengthened his position.
This has led to reports from Italy surfacing that supposedly Ziyech could yet leave Chelsea just one year after arriving in West London.
Links to specific clubs are yet to be revealed, however, it is unsurprising to see a player of Ziyech’s ambition touted with a move away due to a lack of opportunities at Chelsea.
Tuchel tutors Ziyech
In the 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid, Tuchel insisted on the specific areas where Ziyech needed to improve in order to solidify his game and lead to more appearances.
“There were some easy ball losses from Hakim in the opponent’s half where he needs to improve, that his game gets a bit clearer and a bit more structured,” said Tuchel.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)
“That it’s also easier for the guys around him to feel what he’s doing, that he’s not a surprise.
“He can still adapt big it was a big step forward for him.
“Like I said, it was the choice to replace the workload from Mason with the workload from Hakim because this is something we can always rely on that he gives everything. He gives a huge physical input in games. I’m happy he was fast enough to follow the counter attack and finish it.”
If Ziyech is to stay, his manager is seemingly behind helping him improve.