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Chelsea Winger Wants To Leave Next Year: Should Potter Cut Him Loose?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport Mediaset revealed that Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech wants to leave the West London club next year. It has been mentioned that AC Milan are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Morocco international from the Blues.

Ziyech’s Difficult Campaign In West London

Ziyech is having a frustrating campaign at Stamford Bridge as he has struggled to secure enough playing opportunities for the West London club over the past few months. The 29-year-old has only featured in nine matches for Chelsea this season but has failed to score or create a goal for them so far.

The Morocco sensation has seen most of his appearances coming off the bench which explains why he is only averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.8 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He had done well to distribute the ball accurately in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.7% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Ziyech is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2025. Hence, Chelsea are in no immediate hurry to get rid of the Morocco wing wizard unless they receive a favourable offer for the player during the January transfer period or at the end of this season.

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

Should Chelsea Head Coach Graham Potter Cut Ziyech Loose Next Year?

Ziyech remains a good dribbler with the ball and has got the vision to create some decent chances for others around him. He can even strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. The Dronten-born talent is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also play as a right-winger or as a box-to-box midfielder if his manager asks him to do so.

However, Ziyech is currently surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge as he has fallen behind Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount in Chelsea head coach Graham Potter‘s pecking order.

At 29, the Morocco international is playing at his prime and is in dire need to opt for a change of scenery next year if he wants to earn more playing opportunities and get his career back on track. Hence, it makes sense for the Blues to cut Ziyech loose this January or at the end of this campaign.

Chelsea would be better off using the money generated from his potential sale to strengthen other areas of their match-day squad.

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