3. What is going on with Hakim Ziyech?
As I said above, there were far more negatives than positives in the game—well, here’s another. Hakim Ziyech’s performance against Barnsley was one of the biggest negatives of that game, if not the season. Now look, I won’t lie, Ziyech is one of my favourite players in football—I love him—but the player who played on the right flank against Barnsley? That’s not Ziyech; no way.
Ziyech possibly had his worst game in a Chelsea shirt on Thursday and it happened against a team that’s literally in a league below the Blues’. That’s just not what is expected from a player like Ziyech. He knows that, we know that and Tuchel knows that.
He lost possession more times than anyone else on the pitch, and he didn’t even play the whole game. He was subbed off, and rightly so, because it just wasn’t the night for him. The Moroccan also misplaced the most passes in the team. He’ll get back to his best soon enough, but it’s just so surprising to see him play like this.
It’s not like we need to worry too much about Ziyech’s performance from the game though. Yes, we all know that that’s not the Ziyech Chelsea bought from Ajax. He looked sloppy in possession and his passing was just horrendous. There were a lot of things wrong with his performance and as I said, it’s just surprising to see it happen against a team that is not even in Chelsea’s division.
He’s Ziyech, you know? He’ll figure it out, at least I hope he does. He can’t take his position for granted and honestly, nobody truly knows what’s going on in the magician’s mind at the moment. He can’t play like that when Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi are playing so, so well, game after game. Ziyech is one of the best players the Blues have right now, on paper at least. He needs to show us that side of himself, as he’s crucial for Chelsea’s potential success—again, on paper.
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