Chelsea make wonderful call by starting £33m player today, he could be brilliant - TCC View

Hakim Ziyech has been named in today’s starting line-up in the FA Cup, which looks like a wonderful call from Chelsea.

The Blues have named their starting XI for Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to League One side Plymouth Argyle.

Unfortunately, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel won’t be on the touchline after testing positive for Covid-19. Instead, assistant Arno Michels will take charge of the side on the weekend.

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Ziyech has earned Chelsea run

It’s a big relief to see Ziyech included in today’s line-up at Stamford Bridge.

The £33million attacker could’ve easily dropped out of the XI due to the stiff competition for places within the squad, but Chelsea are truly giving him a chance to build some momentum.

It’s harsh on the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who are once again on the bench and in need of minutes. However, Ziyech doesn’t deserve to come out of the team when he’s showing signs of regaining his best form.

It’s a massive chance today, albeit against a League One side, to pick up where he left off before the small winter break.

The 28-year-old looks like he’s getting to play in his favoured right-winger position against Plymouth, which is where he’s been really impressing in the last couple of games.

For certain, today’s opponents will know they’re in trouble if the left-footed magician is in the mood.

It feels impossible at times for Chelsea’s attackers to get a consistent run of starts, but it’s smart management to give the Moroccan another game to try recapture his best.

These next few weeks feel really decisive in deciding how Ziyech’s Chelsea career will ultimately pan out.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.