For Hakim Ziyech, it’s been a difficult start to the season at Chelsea. 

The 28-year-old was part of the Blues group that won the Champions League during the previous campaign. Therefore, most of the squad earned real admiration from the fanbase at Stamford Bridge.

However, his own individual standards didn’t quite live up to expectation during a first year playing in England. 

The £100,000-a-week attacker definitely needs to show during his second Chelsea season the kind of form that made him such a success at ex-club Ajax.

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Hakim Ziyech can learn from Ben Chilwell

It’s been a frustrating couple of months for Ziyech, making just six appearances across all competitions this season.

The left-footed attacker has spent a lot of time watching on from the bench, so he’s clearly not doing enough to win over manager Thomas Tuchel. In fairness, he’s showing very little when on the pitch compared to what he’s really capable of. 

The Chelsea man should look towards club teammate Ben Chilwell, though, if he wants to find inspiration. 

Chilwell, 24, is one of several Blues players that hasn’t been a regular starter at the beginning of the season. It’s understandable given the depth of talent in the squad.


The left wing-back remained patience on the sidelines, but has been outstanding when drafted into the XI lately. He’s scored in back-to-back games and is making it impossible for Tuchel to drop him.

In comparison, Ziyech is yet to really make a stamens when gifted opportunities to play. There is still time for him to make a statement because the quantity of fixtures forces the manager to rotate at times.

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Ziyech only shown Chelsea supporters a glimpse

Ziyech left Ajax with 49 goals and 81 assists in 165 games. 

It’s obvious the skilful playmaker has failed to hit his peak so far at London because he was one of the most eye-catching talents in Europe before joining. 

Micah Richards recently called him one of the best dribblers in the Premier League, but Chelsea fans haven’t seen too much of that. 

His first touch is immaculate and he’s got the footballing brain, so he just needs to apply himself a tad better when on the pitch.

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