Hakim Ziyech only manages to impress at one point against Leeds United
Hakim Ziyech has had another difficult performance under Thomas Tuchel. The attacking midfielder of Chelsea had a difficult time in the disappointing match against Leeds United (0-0) and does not receive any favorable reviews in the English media. Ziyech only managed to impress with one beautiful cross.
Ziyech got a chance from Tuchel to start in three of the last four Premier League matches, but the 27-year-old former Ajax player is clearly looking for his form. Ziyech is on one goal and three assists after fifteen appearances in the Premier League. His last decisive crosses date from November 7, when he scored two assists in the victory against Sheffield United (4-1).
Ziyech’s performance against Leeds on Saturday was not impressive, the reports in the English media testify. Football.London hands out a five and writes: “He put much better pressure than he did in his previous duels under Tuchel, but did not have a good first half. After the break he did give a fabulous cross that Kai Havertz could not convert into a goal. All in all, a match in which Ziyech again did not take his chance.
With that ‘fabulous cross’, the English website refers to a crossball that Ziyech gave from the right flank in the 52nd minute. Havertz therefore got a free header opportunity, but hit the ball completely wrong. “It is an identical ball that we have seen so often in the Netherlands”, says Danny Blind in the studio of Ziggo Sport. “So inaccessible for the keeper. With the right speed. That’s a ball for Olivier Giroud, I think. Anyway, Tuchel chooses Havertz. He gets him a little half behind him.”
Ziyech is also remarkably often given a mark of five by other British media. So also The London Evening Standard, which saw the Moroccan international search for his form. “His final pass was disappointing and he could not show himself from standard situations,” the newspaper writes. The Sun was not surprised that Ziyech was substituted after 68 minutes and added: “Some bad actions, he gave the ball away too often and just didn’t bring enough from an offensive point of view.” Sports Illustrated also comes to a five and thinks that Ziyech should fear for his starting place after his performance against Leeds. “He struggled to make his mark.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, who analyzed the game for BT Sport, did not look for the problem with Ziyech. The former player is of the opinion that the striker position should be strengthened. “As far as I am concerned, they need one player: Erling Braut Haaland,” said Cole. “This squad has so much quality in all positions, they just need that little bit of magic, that number 9, that target. This will make the club go back to its glory days and compete for the title again.”