Hakim Ziyech hasn’t quite lit up the Premier League since his arrival at Chelsea in the summer, with the former Ajax stalwart injured for a large part of the season. He did start off brightly, exhibiting his wide array of playmaking skills, but his performances have tapered off in recent weeks, though still with the occasional moment of genius. He has 2 goals and 4 assists in 1070 minutes for Chelsea — hardly prolific numbers given his return of 8 goals and 21 assists in 2686 minutes for Ajax last season.
With Thomas Tuchel taking over the manager’s seat at Chelsea, it was assumed that everyone’s futures would only get clearer towards the end of the season, as the new boss tries to find winning combinations for this season and beyond. However, according to Corriere dello Sport, building on even less trustworthy rumors earlier in the week in the calciomercato, Ziyech has already grown worried about his future and will apparently ask for an interview with the board soon to clear things up and perhaps request transfer.
That all reads very prematurely doomsday-ish, with his demotion to 4th-choice winger under Lampard being highlighted as one factor, while also claiming that Ziyech doesn’t see a future for himself under Tuchel. However, what the report fails to highlight is the fact that Ziyech has started 2 of the 5 games that Tuchel has managed, and has seen the pitch in 19 of the 28 games for which he has been fit.
While there is no absolute certainty that Ziyech will continue next season with us, a decision on his season is unlikely to be taken this soon, with the 27-year-old missing minutes mostly because of injuries. By all accounts he’s settled well, and while his record so far is by no means great, he’s not exactly alone in that regard. Many players from foreign leagues struggle at first with the physicality of the Premier League, with immediate adaptation being the exception rather than the norm.
So, all in all, I wouldn’t get rid of your “Hakim Ziyech” jerseys just yet, with the player himself extremely eager to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.
"One minute, you will see him sitting with the Germans, the next minute he is with the English and so on. But he is actually a massively positive influence everywhere." Ziyech has settled at #CFC off the pitch so why haven't they seen the best of him yet?https://t.co/31DWmNBzoD— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) February 12, 2021