'I don't think he's getting that': Hasselbaink suggests £33m Chelsea player doesn't feel appreciated by the club
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks Hakim Ziyech doesn’t feel appreciated by Chelsea.
Ziyech, who joined Chelsea for £33million back in 2020, hasn’t quite lived up to expectation during his time so far at Stamford Bridge.
This season has definitely been the 29-year-old’s most difficult so far, really struggling for minutes on the pitch.
The left-footed winger is yet to score or assist in nine games across all competitions for the Blues this campaign.
His main problem is that he’s rarely getting a chance in the starting line-up, which is perhaps based on inconsistent form in the past.
Ziyech has gone into this World Cup with his nation Morocco without too much match sharpness, which is something Nigel de Jong picked up on earlier this week in the match against Croatia.
Ziyech not appreciated by Chelsea
Hasselbaink has suggested Ziyech might be better off joining someone else because he’s not fully trusted at Chelsea.
“From outside looking in he’s somebody that needs love. He’s somebody that needs to feel you appreciate him and that you think he’s great to give him confidence. I don’t think that he’s getting that at Chelsea,” Hasselbaink said.
In fairness, Ziyech can perhaps feel a little hard done by due to the fact he’s completed 90 minutes once all season.
However, it would be wrong to say the attacker hasn’t had his fair share of opportunities in the past couple of years.
Chelsea’s forward line, including Ziyech, needs to do much more if the team are to challenge for trophies.
There’s an argument to say the African wide man should get a run in the side after the World Cup, especially if he does well for Morocco.
However, it was quite telling when he refused to rule out leaving when asked about his future this week.
Does he actually want to be at the club any longer?