Jason Cundy has claimed that Hakim Ziyech isn’t “cutting it” at Chelsea.
Ziyech, 28, has had some inconsistent form during his time Stamford Bridge. The left-footed attacker joined for £33.3million from Ajax back in 2020.
The creative playmaker was part of the Blues group that won the Champions League during his first season in England, but he wasn’t quite able to recapture his very best Ajax form. He’s definitely under the spotlight during his second season at the London club.
Cundy has shared his frustration with Ziyech.
It’s worth pointing out, though, that Cundy’s criticism came after Ziyech’s performance on Tuesday night. The right-winger scored the only goal of the game in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Malmo in the Champions League group stages.
“Ziyech, even though he scored, he ain’t cutting it for me. Putting the ball in the back of the net is part of what you should do as a player,” he said on talkSPORT (10:10pm, 2 November).
Ziyech has plenty of Chelsea doubters
Of course, Ziyech’s attacking numbers in a Chelsea shirt aren’t what most expected following his transfer.
His strike last night against Malmo means he’s now got eight goals and five assists in 49 Blues appearances since the start of last season.
He’s clearly still trying to force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s XI. Also, he’s getting criticism from pundits like Cundy.
However, he’s clearly still got massive talent. It’s going to be interesting to see how the next few months pan out for him, as he needs to build on his recent goal.
Attacking depth vital
Chelsea’s ability to cope in recent games without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner is the reason they are genuine Premier League title challengers.
The likes of Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi have come into the fold to play regularly.
You can also throw Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and even Ross Barkley into the equation of forward options.
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