'His overall contribution': BBC pundit says Chelsea player was crucial to win against Tottenham

Matthew Upson was full of praise for Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech after yesterday’s performance in the 2-0 victory against Tottenham.

Ziyech scored an outrageous opening goal in Sunday’s victory for the Blues over Spurs in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old netted a stunner at Stamford Bridge to break the deadlock, firing in an effort from outside the box into the top corner with his favoured left foot. Thiago Silva got himself on the scoresheet with a header, too.

BBC pundit Upson described the Moroccan wide man as pivotal to Chelsea’s latest win against Spurs. Incidentally, they’ve beaten them four times across all competitions during this campaign.

“Hakim Ziyech deserves the standing ovation he’s getting and not just for his goal, it’s about his overall contribution today. He’s been key to Chelsea today, he’s made clever runs, done really well coming inside on his left foot and some of his deliveries into the box have been brilliant. He’s had a really strong game,” Upson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Ziyech turning corner at Chelsea?

Ziyech has now scored in back-to-back league games, so is proving to everyone he’s got the ability to be an important player in Thomas Tuchel’s XI.

The attacker has been able to thrive in a winger position that suits his game much more since Tuchel started to experiment more with his formation. Also, it’s a role he’s used to from time with his ex-club Ajax.

He’s scored six goals and made four assists so far this season in all competitions, but someone with his ability is capable of plenty more.

Of course, Blues supporters have seen in snippets his quality during his first 18 months as a Chelsea player. Fans won’t know for another few weeks whether Ziyech is in a purple patch or is really turning a corner at the Bridge, though.

Pat Nevin described his weekend performance as his best ever for the London club. He’s now thrown down the benchmark that he needs to be matching on a far more regular basis to cement a spot in the line-up.

There are certainly places up for grabs in the Blues frontline, which is why Ziyech’s mini burst should see him move up the pecking order in Tuchel’s thinking.

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