Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel needs to make at least one change in his team selection tonight by recalling a key player that deserves more game time.
Chelsea are preparing to host Everton on Thursday evening at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match.
Hakim Ziyech, 28, is the player that Tuchel must recall to the starting line-up.
The £100,000-a-week attacker has harshly been left out in recent times, starting just one of the club’s last four games across all competitions.
However, the left-footed playmaker is showing signs of his true quality whenever he’s on the pitch.
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Of course, Ziyech’s Chelsea career has been a little underwhelming since he joined last year because he was so brilliant for ex-club Ajax in Holland.
The creative winger looks in a confident mood right now, though.
He’s been very unfortunate to come out of the starting XI lately because he was beginning to hit a good stride where he’s confident and direct with the ball at his feet.
He’s scored three goals and managed four assists in 16 appearances this season, but he’s only completed the full 90 minutes on three occasions.
Tuchel has the depth within his squad at Stamford Bridge to make a few rotations per game and Ziyech is definitely someone who merits a promotion to the line-up against Thursday’s opponents Everton, who are struggling with both injuries and form.
If Rafael Benitez’s Everton try to sit in defensively tonight, Ziyech is the kind of player to unlock spaces with his wand of a left foot. He’s willing to take risks that might not always come off, but one bit of brilliance can help win three points.
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