'Lifting his game': Pat Nevin thinks £33m Chelsea player is looking so much better after being linked with exit

Pat Nevin thinks that Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech is beginning to find form again.

Ziyech, 29, has come back from the World Cup with a real determination to his game and is now being rewarded with regular minutes on the pitch.

The £33million right-winger struggled for game time during the opening couple of months of Graham Potter’s reign, but he’s enjoying a mini resurgence right now in the starting line-up.

His latest performance in the goalless draw against Liverpool earned big praise from Nevin, who’s noticed an improvement in his game.

“There were other performances [against Liverpool] that seemed to bode well, such as Hakim Ziyech again lifting his game,” Nevin wrote for the club’s official website.

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Hakim Ziyech future

It’s interesting to note that Ziyech’s upturn in form comes after being linked with a move away from Chelsea during the January transfer window.

The Athletic claimed earlier this month that the 29-year-old is prepared to leave the Blues amid interest from AC Milan.

Meanwhile, journalist Ben Jacobs recently claimed on Twitter that Ziyech may yet exit Stamford Bridge during the final week of the January window.

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The Chelsea fanbase has never doubted Ziyech’s individual talent.

It’s obvious the Moroccan right-winger is a delight to watch on a football pitch when he’s in a confident mood and has the ball at his feet.

However, there’s just been no kind of consistency during his Blues career to help him nail down a permanent starting position.

The skilful left-footer has been a rare creative threat for Chelsea in recent weeks and he’s putting a shift in, so you can understand why Potter keeps playing him. Is it enough to reignite his Blues career, though?

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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.