Hakim Ziyech (No. 22) Right attacking midfielder, Morocco
Ziyech made no appearance against Porto and it was perhaps obvious with the way the game played out. Chelsea’s attack was labelled “too safe” by Tuchel, which was accurate. Ziyech was brought to Chelsea to create chances and glue Chelsea’s talented attack together. He was doing that until he got injuries that became recurring injuries. He worked his way back into the starting line-up and started against West Brom where he had to be taken off inside 35 minutes as a sacrificial sub for a red-carded Thiago Silva. Chelsea missed Ziyech’s services against Porto. Chelsea needs to get Ziyech on the ball more, they already have a lot of players who are safe in possession. Ziyech is needed to solve chance creation issues.
Mason Mount (No. 19) Left attacking midfielder, England
Mount was not great against Porto or West Brom really, though he did score against West Brom and Porto. A magnificent strike against Porto too. His work rate hasn’t dropped and he has done well to be as consistent as he has been under the new manager. He has worked hard and deserves all the minutes he’s getting.
Timo Werner (No. 11) Center forward, Germany
Werner is still splitting the fanbase and it’s not something that will stop as long as he’s not scoring. That said he played well against West Brom but not so much against Porto, though the Porto game has asterisks as no attacker played well in that game. His contributions to the team so far have been invaluable. His speed, movement and trickery have been beneficial to the team’s results, as well as his positive attitude and work rate. The only thing he’s not contributing to the side currently is goals and that will come. It’s worth noting that he took a lot more shots last season and Leipzig created a lot more chances last season than Chelsea is creating this season, so his lack of goals is not just down him turning bad all of a sudden.
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