Chelsea would be tempted to cashi in on Hakim Ziyech to raise funds for potential summer transfers, according to Calciomercato.it — but should he be deemed “expendable” as the report claims?
The report mentioned that two Serie A clubs; Napoli and AC Milan, are among numerous clubs interested in the 28-year-old.
The latter even reportedly already made an enquiry a month ago.
The most interesting part of the report, however, is that the claim about Ziyech’s availability in the transfer market.
While Chelsea have yet to make a decision, Calciomercato.it claims that the club could let go of the Morocco international to help fund their summer transfer plans.
Underwhelming first season at Chelsea
Ziyech’s situation at Chelsea is certainly an interesting case.
He is at an age when he should be closer to his full potential compared to younger Chelsea teammates, such as Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Pulisic.
Despite the initial expectations, Ziyech has struggled to cement his place as a regular starter since Thomas Tuchel came in.
He has had his moments, for sure, such as two winning goals against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final and the Premier League.
Tuchel seems to see him as a counter-attacking weapon, often pairing him with Werner when playing against high defensive lines.
But he was arguably signed for his playmaking ability and so far, he has yet to live up to the fans’ expectations.
Three assists in all competitions are not something you would have expected from a player who had 16 assists for Ajax last season.
Potential new striker’s arrival would threaten Ziyech’s role
For now, Ziyech is still a valuable attacking option, particularly with both Havertz and Werner often playing as No.9s under Tuchel.
But if Chelsea manage to sign a new striker this summer, as they reportedly plan to, then the two Germans will likely be ahead of Ziyech in the pecking order for the two inside forward roles.
Aside from Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham, Ziyech could actually be the player whose role in the team is most at risk amid Chelsea’s reported pursuit of a new No.9.
So should he really be deemed”expendable” as reported? As it stands, no.
But if Chelsea secure their new striker, even Ziyech himself would know that he could face even more limited game time at Stamford Bridge.