Hakim Ziyech (No. 22) Right attacking midfielder, Morocco
Ziyech has slowly worked his way back into a starting spot and that is the kind of hard work that a player needs to succeed at Chelsea. Many still argue that he shouldn’t start, but Ziyech has improved his off-the-ball contribution and is finally back to scoring ways. He’s not been creating as much chances as we’ve come to expect lately, but it’s a good thing he’s working on different parts of his game one part at a time. He doesn’t need to work on chance creation because he already knows how to do that. Though he already knows how to press and counter press, he may have had to relearn that because the Premier League is a lot more intense than the Eredivisie
Mason Mount (No. 19) Left attacking midfielder, England
Mount carried his form into the international break, and that cannot be said about every player. he was very good for England, scoring and assisting in three games played. He is very important to Tuchel’s system because he contributes a lot in pressing, counter pressing, and distribution. He needs to speed up his decision making in the final third, as speed of execution could make all the difference in high intensity games like Premier League matches. His trajectory is promising and with hard work he’d get to where everyone knows he can. No, he’s not world class yet, not close, but he’s not supposed to be. He’s 22 years-old and isn’t even close to the peak of his career.
Tammy Abraham (No. 9) Center forward
It was already well known that Abraham would get more chances to impress. This might be it. West Brom have been poor and Tuchel may choose Abraham to stake a claim for himself. He’s currently the cup striker, and he’d have to improve on his off-the-ball work and ball retention. He knows how to finish and score goals. Abraham can still become the starting striker for Tuchel if he buckles up. Werner and Giroud have failed to lock down the spot and Havertz is not a striker; it’s still up in the air really. The claims and demeanor that it’s over for Abraham at Chelsea is all a bit exaggerated really.
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