'Phenomenal display': Pat Nevin amazed by Chelsea player at the World Cup, Graham Potter has started him once

Pat Nevin claims Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech was “phenomenal” against Belgium on the weekend at the World Cup.

Ziyech, 29, helped Morocco pull off an upset on Sunday to beat Belgium 2-0 during the World Cup group stages.

The Blues winger has played every minute of Morocco’s opening two matches in the competition and is looking sharp.

He went into the World Cup tournament without too much football in his legs, making just six Chelsea appearances since Graham Potter took charge at Stamford Bridge in early September. In fact, he’s started only one match under Potter.

However, it looks like the left-footed attacker is now regaining some confidence on the international stage.

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Hakim Ziyech against Belgium

Nevin highlighted Ziyech’s recent display against Belgium as a major positive:

“Another huge surprise was of course the Belgium v Morocco game when our own Hakim Ziyech turned in a phenomenal display to spoil the party for Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne’s team. Nothing can be taken for granted, especially when you are playing against teams who have energy levels that seem close to inhuman,” Nevin wrote.

Also, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah hailed their teammate’s performance at the World Cup.

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Potter took a good look at his squad during a hectic fixture schedule before the World Cup, but Ziyech is one of the individuals that didn’t get too many opportunities.

In fairness, we don’t know what the Moroccan was like in training.

However, it seems odd that the skilful winger didn’t play more in the past couple of months.

Chelsea fans know Ziyech can go from wonderful to woeful in a matter of moments, which is why he can be so frustrating to watch.

90min reports that Ziyech may be close to leaving Chelsea on loan in January to join AC Milan. Will Potter want to intervene after watching his World Cup contributions, though?

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