Hakim Ziyech to leave Chelsea this window, and for me it should not even be a debate.
We have just signed three attackers in the shape of Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix, and Noni Madueke. Our squad is now bloated, especially in attack. We cannot register them all currently in our Champions League squad, a player or two needs to be sacrificed (not physically). We are also potentially signing 1/2 more players this window.
Until the World Cup, I think pretty much every Chelsea fan would have said yes to selling Ziyech, including the player himself (still believe he wants to leave now). But now, I’ve seen quite a few questioning it off the back of a good World Cup and a few decent games for Chelsea. He’s been great in spells, granted, but the inconsistencies are still clear for me.
We cannot sell Christian Pulisic this month because he has a long-term injury and no club will buy him. So it has to be Ziyech I’m afraid. As I’ve said, I fully appreciate what he does bring and when he’s on it, he’s fire. But he’s not on it anywhere near enough for me, and the fact remains that Chelsea need to trim this now bloated squad for many reasons, one being FFP.
I wonder as well, is anyone asking whether he is in good form for Chelsea right now because perhaps he is playing for a move? It’s just a question, I’m not judging him, and I do not know fully what is in his head as of right now. But he knows that if he plays better he will get more options and choices, and more clubs willing to pay his high wages.
I do like the fight he has shown in the last couple of games and his attitude cannot be questioned in terms of intensity and passion. I’ve seen that, I recognise that, and I applaud that. I will never had any ill-feelings towards him at all. But I do think that he should have been sold in the summer, and should be sold now.
I don’t see any other option than to let him go should we receive a half decent offer. I think right now, he could still go out with his head held high, so I say all of this with the upmost respect to him.
He’s always been the nearly man in his Chelsea career, and yes, maybe a lot of that is because he played out of position at times, maybe some of it was the Lukaku drama effecting him, his head dropping when he wasn’t starting games, or many other things. But whatever the reason, it has never fully worked out for Ziyech at Chelsea, and the time is still right for the two to part.