Hakim Ziyech (No. 22) Right winger, Morocco
Ziyech was Chelsea’s best attacker when he played against Wolves. It’s no surprise that he’s criticized whenever he doesn’t create a ton of clear cut chances, it’s a consequence of the level he’s set for himself. He needs to play as often as possible as that would help him and the Chelsea players understand each other better. Tuchel mentioned that he was preventing Ziyech from a potential injury against Burnley, but it was a slight surprise seeing Ziyech not featuring against Spurs. Tuchel is still trying to figure what he’s best team is though, so there’ll be a lot of baffling decisions until they start making sense, we’ve already seen some against Burnley and Spurs.
Tammy Abraham (No. 9) Striker, England
Tammy Abraham is simply Chelsea’s most prolific center forward at this point. He not only scores, but he also makes everyone around him better. Abraham was poor against Burnley, and was rightly hooked as to halftime. He definitely needs to raise the level of his game substantially from what he has produced in the past three games.
Timo Werner (No. 11) Left winger, Germany
Many may make the case that Timo Werner shouldn’t have started against Spurs, but it seems like he should have because the game was decided by the penalty he won. Chelsea spent quite considerable amount of money on the German, so allocation of his playing time may be more complicated than others. Truth be told, Werner wasn’t great against Spurs, but he made a significant contribution and a player who can win penalties is worth his weight in gold.
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