Thomas Tuchel is reportedly reluctant to let Hakim Ziyech leave in January, but the Chelsea board might have to make a decision against the manager’s wishes to recoup their investment.
According to a recent report from The Telegraph, Chelsea may be prepared to listen to bids to sign Ziyech permanently, despite Tuchel’s already making it clear that he believes he has a relatively small squad to pick from.
The report also mentioned that the 28-year-old winger has only been linked to loan moves to Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.
Tuchel understandably would not want to have fewer options in the middle of a likely Premier League title race.
But would Ziyech’s departure be that detrimental to Chelsea’s title push?
As it stands, Tuchel has seven to eight attacking options for the three attacking positions in his system, including Ziyech and Ross Barkley.
The Blues have suffered from several injury problems recently, but Ziyech is far from being the solution.
As Squawka pointed out, Ziyech has already missed more games (16) than goal contributions (13) since joining Chelsea in summer 2020.
According to Transfermarkt, only Christian Pulisic is the only Chelsea player to have missed more games (28) due to fitness problems in the same period.
Rather than keeping Ziyech and eventually offloading him at the end of the season when his valuation in the market likely decreases, it makes more sense to secure a deal in January.