Chelsea could be about to make a big transfer error if they let their £33m man leave this summer - TCC View

Reports are suggesting that Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for Hakim Ziyech to leave on loan.

According to Calcio Mercatto, AC Milan are the favourites to complete a move for the winger.

The Moroccan has struggled to establish himself as a starter under Thomas Tuchel, making just 23 appearances in the league last season, the majority being off the bench.

His struggles to break in have fractured his relationship with the manager, seemingly pushing towards a potential loan away.

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But this could be a massive mistake for the Blues, who are yet to get the best out of the 29-year-old who they signed for £33m.

Ziyech has often been deployed on the right of the attack, with the idea being for him to cut inside and utilise his brilliant left foot.

However, this has become extremely obvious for opposing defenders, who are happy just to force the Moroccan to take the easy pass, slowing down any potential attacks.

This kills attacks on a regular basis, especially against low blocks, and doesn’t allow the Blues to get the best out of Ziyech’s creativity.

Similar to how Mason Mount currently operates, the 29-year-old needs to be able to pick the ball up in areas where it’s not so obvious what he’s going to do.

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When he found himself in space against Spurs on the edge of the area back in January, he was able to create a moment of magic that had been rarely seen since his time at Ajax, as he fired the Blues into a lead at a massive moment.

In fact, his shooting from distance has become one of his greatest assets, however his normal role in the side limits these possibilities. Being able to float around would see a lot more chances pop up.

If Chelsea let Ziyech leave on loan, they’ll lose the player who can arguably create the most from the least, with the club already desperate for a creative spark. If used correctly, that spark could be closer to home than they realise.

Surely the answer for Tuchel is to change Ziyech’s position, rather than send him out elsewhere this summer.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.