Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has advised Hakim Ziyech to leave the club and try to revive his career elsewhere. Ziyech has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his £33m move from Ajax in 2020, scoring just 14 goals in 102 appearances. Despite impressing for Morocco at the Qatar World Cup, Ziyech has barely featured for Chelsea since the tournament and was left out of the last two matchday squads.
Leboeuf expressed his confusion over Ziyech’s struggles at Chelsea and hopes that the Moroccan winger finds a new club at the end of the season. Speaking to ESPN, he said, “Every time he plays for Morocco, he’s the best player in the world, and every time he plays for Chelsea, he feels sad and lost. So I wish him to go somewhere else where he can show to the world he’s still the Ziyech that we have seen when he played for Ajax.”
Chelsea were willing to loan out Ziyech during the January transfer window, but a deadline-day move to Paris Saint-Germain fell through. The Blues lost 1-0 to Wolves in Frank Lampard’s first game back in charge of the club on Saturday. Lampard acknowledged that there has been a lot of change at the club and that things need to improve.
Ziyech’s struggles at Chelsea are surprising given his impressive performances for Ajax, where he was a key player in their run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019. He scored 21 goals and provided 24 assists in his final season with the Dutch club, earning him a move to Chelsea. However, he has failed to replicate that form in the Premier League, leading to speculation about his future at the club.
Leboeuf’s advice to Ziyech is not uncommon in football, where players often leave one club to revive their careers at another. Ziyech is still only 30 years old and has plenty of time to rediscover his form at a new club. However, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be willing to sell him or loan him out in the summer transfer window.
In the meantime, Ziyech will need to work hard to regain his confidence and form if he wants to succeed at Chelsea. The club has a talented squad and will be looking to challenge for the Premier League title next season. Ziyech has the ability to be a key player for the Blues, but he will need to show more consistency and determination if he wants to succeed in the Premier League.
Overall, Leboeuf’s advice to Ziyech is sound, and it may be in the Moroccan’s best interests to leave Chelsea and try his luck elsewhere. However, if he does stay at Stamford Bridge, he will need to work hard to prove his worth to the club and its fans. The Premier League is a tough league, and Ziyech will need to be at his best if he wants to succeed in England.