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How Will These Three Chelsea Players Fare In The 2022 FIFA World Cup In Qatar? (Part 2)

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Chelsea will have 15 of their players taking part for their respective nations in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will soon kick off in Qatar for the first time in the competition’s history.

Let’s take a look at three of those 15 Chelsea players and try to determine how they will perform in this edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)

Ziyech has endured a campaign full of frustrations at Stamford Bridge as he has struggled to secure regular first-team starts for the Blues over the past few months. The Moroccan winger has only made nine appearances for the West London club this season but has failed to register a goal or an assist for them across all competitions.

Despite his struggles in the English capital, Ziyech will definitely play a major role for Morocco in this year’s World Cup. He will have to carry most of the goal-scoring workload for his nation in the final third.

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Conor Gallagher (England)

The English sensation has impressed in patches at his boyhood club this season. He has put in a couple of impressive displays for the Blues but has failed to be consistent at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield. Still, Gallagher deserves a pat on the back for finding the back of the net once and grabbing one assist in 18 matches for the London giants during this campaign on all fronts.

Gallagher will be fortunate to get any game time for England in this year’s World Cup. However, he has what it takes to make an impact off the bench for the Three Lions if needed.

Kai Havertz (Germany)

The German international is currently a player low on confidence at Chelsea. He has struggled to give a good account of himself for the Blues on the attacking third of the pitch for most of this Premier League campaign. The 23-year-old has only managed to average 1.7 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the Premier League (stats via whoscored).

However, Havertz has performed well at times and has got four goals to his name in 20 matches for Chelsea this season. He has even got a terrific goal-scoring record for Germany after banging in ten goals in 31 international appearances for the German national team so far.

Thus, we can expect Havertz to serve as an essential member of Hansi Flick’s squad and might get a few opportunities to shine off the bench in this edition of the FIFA World Cup.

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