TCC View: It's make or break for £100k-a-week player's Chelsea career in 2022

For Hakim Ziyech, it feels like make or break in his Chelsea career in 2022.

Ziyech, who cost the Blues £33.3million, has now played one and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Unfortunately, the £100,000-a-week attacker hasn’t yet lived up to the kind of player Chelsea fans thought they were signing from Ajax.

He’s a left-footed winger that was dynamite in Holland with an Ajax team that went as far as the Champions League semi-final in one campaign. The Moroccan scored 49 goals and created 81 assists in 165 games for Ajax.

However, his form since a transfer to London has taken a major dip, scoring nine goals and making eight assists in 57 Chelsea appearances.

If he’s to carve out a future in Thomas Tuchel’s squad, 2022 has to be the defining year for him.

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Ziyech needs big Chelsea push

Yes, Ziyech possesses the individual ability to nail down a spot in the Chelsea XI. His major problem during his Blues career so far is consistency, though.

His first aim has to be to win over Tuchel, who’s worryingly kept him as an unused substitute in three of the last five Premier League matches.

There aren’t many current attackers in the Chelsea squad performing to the best of their ability on a weekly basis, so the window is open for him to become a star figure.

He definitely needs to be more decisive in the final third to help boost his goal contributions. Also, his work rate needs to be maximum for 90 minutes to impress his manager.

Chelsea will reportedly avoid selling Ziyech in this current January transfer window, but he should worry about his long-term future at the Bridge if his form continues.

It’s a pivotal moment for the playmaker to either become a Blues star or remain on the fringes before what would be an inevitable exit.

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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.