Robin van Persie finds it unfortunate that the qualities of Hakim Ziyech are not used optimally by Thomas Tuchel. In his column to De Telegraaf, the former striker pleads for a greater role for the Moroccan playmaker at Chelsea.
Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has criticized Thomas Tuchel’s use of Hakim Ziyech and believes he deserves a “much bigger role” in the Chelsea squad. The Atlas Lion’s first season at Chelsea did not go as hoped. Under Tuchel, who took over from Frank Lampard in January, the former Ajax player is not a regular start. “You have to be a machine to be retained. Tuchel wants an ability to perform defensive tasks and he demands the extreme from his players. “
“It’s a shame that the creativity of a player like Ziyech, Pulisic or Kovacic, whom I find a great man, is less expressed. Kovacic is their driving force and their playmaker. Ziyech also has these more prominent qualities, but he should have a much bigger role, ”said Van Persie, who will officially join the bench from Feyenoord next season.
According to Van Persie, Ziyech is now in constant search of performance. “He’s now constantly looking [for a place on the team], he’s played in all different positions. But it shouldn’t be that hard to get such a creative player in a good position, right? You can also see it differently, give Kovacic and Ziyech a big role first and let men like Kante and other guys work around them, ”Van Persie advocates.
Another Dutch legend, Marco van Basten, also criticized Ziyech’s role and his lack of consistent minutes at Chelsea, even telling the Moroccan to leave Stamford Bridge.
“Werner is playing really badly, but doesn’t he come a lot more often? The system this coach uses is just not good for Ziyech, ”he said. “So instead of Ziyech you have to say: You know what? I’m leaving…”