According to reports, Chelsea are looking to offload Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech who was signed by former manager Frank Lampard. The Blues are open to letting the winger move away in the January transfer window.
Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech from Dutch footballing giants Ajax last year for a fee of around £33 million. While the Moroccan winger earns a reported wage of £100,000-a-week. Since making the move to the European champions, the Moroccan footballer has failed to nail down a spot in the starting lineup.
Ziyech has failed to hit the heights he reached at Ajax. To date, he has made a total of 49 appearances for Chelsea and has just recorded an underwhelming eight goals and set up a further five assists for his teammates.
Former Holland international Rene van der Gijp also thinks Ziyech should leave the club, as he said:
“It was a good choice when Lampard was coach. He was very enthusiastic about him. Then another trainer arrives, and he wants to play a different game.
“He wants to have runners in midfield instead of people like Ziyech. Then you have a problem… So it’s best for him to leave.”
Should Hakim Ziyech look for a move away from Chelsea?
Hakim Ziyech has never hit the ground running at Chelsea and thus has never been consistent with his performances for The Blues. It is also reported that Ziyech is also pushing for a move away from Stanford Bridge in pursuit of gaining more game-time. The Moroccan has struggled to nail down a spot in the starting lineup since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival as the Chelsea head coach.
Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea are already planning for next summer, and are looking to add more attacking options to the Chelsea lineup despite signing Romelu Lukaku this summer. Following this, the club will not stand in Ziyech’s way if he looks for a move away and would consider selling him. Chelsea will be looking to recoup the £33 million transfer fee they spend on him and also get some burden off the wage bills.
There is no doubt Ziyech is a magnificent footballer with brilliant on-the-ball skills. But Ziyech needs to find the form he displayed while playing for Ajax to really break into the Blues starting XI.
However, at the age of 28, this may be the perfect time for Ziech to make a move away from the European champions and revive his career elsewhere. As it might be possible and Tuchel might have now started losing faith in him.
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