TalkSport pundit reacts to latest display from Chelsea player Hakim Ziyech

‘Wasn’t very good’: TalkSport pundit not impressed by £33m Chelsea ‘fringe player’ after watching him

TalkSport pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has criticised Chelsea player Hakim ZIyech for his latest performance. 

Ziyech, 28, started during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup tie against Southampton in midweek, which they eventually won on penalties. 

The left-footed attacker assisted a Kai Havertz header during the contest at Stamford Bridge, but was taken off in the second half after finding it difficult at times. 

Agbonlahor has picked out the Moroccan international as one of the weaknesses in the Chelsea squad after his cup contribution. Likewise, Frank Leboeuf offered similar criticism this week.

“I just feel that Chelsea probably will miss out on the league because I when I see them I see some of their fringe players haven’t turned up this season,” Agbonlahor said.

“Hakim Ziyech wasn’t very good in the Carabao Cup, Ross Barkley hasn’t been very good either but Manchester City’s fringe players are turning up when they’re getting a chance.”

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Ziyech should use criticism to fuel Chelsea comeback

Of course, Ziyech won’t like hearing negative comments about himself. It might be exactly what he needs right now, though.

The harsh opinions are coming the winger’s way because everyone knows how much talent he’s got.

The £33.3million playmaker has only shown glimpses of his true ability since joining from Ajax last summer, and Chelsea supporters are desperate to see him recapture his very best form because he can be such a goal threat.

He can give the Blues XI another dynamic if he finds top form.

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He’s a ‘fringe player’ right now

The alarming truth right now is that Ziyech is a “fringe player” at Stamford Bridge just like how Agbonlahor described him.

For instance, Callum Hudson-Odoi appears to have jumped above him in the pecking order right now for the forward positions. 

The left-footer simply has to find more consistency and accuracy when he’s on the pitch.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.