Hakim Ziyech’s first season at Chelsea has been marred by issues, beginning with a knee injury in pre-season and continuing with a hamstring issue sustained at the start of December.
The Morocco international had been a creative spark for Frank Lampard’s side but the injury picked up against Leeds was the start of a downward spiral. When he returned, the Blues were in the midst of a slump that would ultimately cost the club legend his job.
Ziyech would start Thomas Tuchel’s first match, the goalless draw against Wolves, but has been absent for the three fixtures since – and questions can now be asked, with it not abundantly clear how Ziyech fits into the plans.
Our Chelsea man Adam Newson has delved into the debate, analysing the situation the former Ajax man finds himself in.