Craig Burley is predicting that Hakim Ziyech could end up leaving Chelsea, amid reported loan interest from Barcelona.

Ziyech, 28, is a left-footed attacker that’s divided opinion during his Stamford Bridge career so far.

The trickster scored six goals and made four assists in 39 appearances last season during his debut year for the Blues. In addition, the ex-Ajax winger has two goals and three assists in 12 games this campaign. 

Most feel that he’s got nowhere near the level he was consistently performing at with Ajax, though.

According to ESPN, Spanish giants Barcelona have asked about the availability of Chelsea’s Ziyech. Likewise, they’ve asked to be informed on teammate Timo Werner.

The report explains Barcelona are looking at targeting loan signings in the New Year with deals that include an option to buy. This is due to the financial problems currently hanging over them.

ESPN pundit and ex-Chelsea player Burley has reacted to the Ziyech rumour by claiming he could picture him departing.


“We know he’s got a super left foot, and he can do some wonderful things, but I just wonder long-term how much influence he’s going to have in English football,” Burley told ESPN.

“I think potentially he is one of the players Chelsea could look to offload. I could see Ziyech going there (Barcelona) potentially as a loan deal. I can only see him playing a bit-part at Chelsea primarily because he does look at times a little lightweight, even though he’s a super talented player.”

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Ziyech turning corner at Chelsea?

The Ziyech speculation is surfacing at a time where he’s enjoying a mini revival. 

He came off the bench to assist in the weekend’s Premier League win over Leicester City, which saw him promoted to the XI on Tuesday for the Champions League group stage victory against Juventus. Ziyech’s display was raved about by Karen Carney, while Blues fans loved his European contribution

However, the £100,000-a-week ace needs to find consistency to stick in Thomas Tuchel’s XI.

There is no doubting the creative playmaker has the quality to impact every Chelsea game, but he’ll find it difficult if he gets stuck down the attacking pecking order. 

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Tuchel has big job on

For all the success on the pitch, Chelsea manager Tuchel deserve immense credit for what he’s doing off it and within the dressing room.

It looks like he’s doing a perfect job keeping a squad together that’s filled with talent in every position. 

There will be no surprise to see players look for minutes elsewhere if they struggle to play, but Chelsea individuals like Ziyech just need to take the opportunity when it comes their way.

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