When Chelsea completed the deal for Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech last summer, it was seen as a huge deal. Another example of the young, ambitious Chelsea that was being built by Frank Lampard. However, one thing quickly became apparent when Ziyech arrived at Cobham: he wasn’t the right fit for Lampard’s style of play. The position expected is not the one that he can play for Chelsea, and he has so far lacked a blend of both fitness and form. Therefore, it has left the Moroccan unable to make a big impression on new coach Thomas Tuchel.
Already trying to impress a new manager, Ziyech has yet to make any impact under the German. This has left reports that he would move on from Chelsea as early as the summer of 2021 feel a little more weighted. Failing to make an impression under a young coach like Lampard is one thing; failing to make an impact under a tactically astute coach like Tuchel could cost him his place in the Premier League.
Indeed, the player has only really shone on a few occasions in Chelsea blue – with a pair of assists in a win over Sheffield United his main contribution so far. However, he has also contributed a number of clear-cut chances which were not taken for teammates and has been involved in moments of flashy skill that show he is not a poor player by any means. However, his failure to really get any consistent gametime under Tuchel has left some wondering whether or not the Moroccan has a long-term future at Chelsea.
Unable to get a game in the Premier League under Tuchel, the Moroccan was again an unused substitute in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United. It left him unable to play on a regular basis, despite being a good fit in the 3-4-2-1 system that Thomas Tuchel looks set to employ.
Will Ziyech move on from Chelsea?
At the moment, it’s pretty clear that the player is not happy. His one-busy social media accounts are more muted these days, no longer quite as bombastic as he was during his early days in London. However, it’s clear that the player has immense talent – and Tuchel has previous for making it hard for players to earn his trust. When they do earn it, though, it becomes hard to lose.
Tuchel is a modern players coach who can build systems that suit the talent he has at his disposal. Having seen Ziyech do damage for Ajax in the past in the UEFA Champions League, there is no doubting his quality and his skill. How the Moroccan fits into the Chelsea line-up, though, is more of a mystery. At the moment, he looks like a player who was bought because he provided excellent value for money as a punt.
Right now, though, he offers very little back in return for the large sum paid to Ajax. If an exit is to happen, it will likely happen quickly as both sides will look to avoid wasting too long on what could already be a bust.