Frank Leboeuf admits he is ‘concerned’ about Chelsea summer signing Hakim Ziyech and has claimed Thomas Tuchel is not getting the best out of the struggling Morocco international.
Ziyech, who has scored five goals for Chelsea since joining the club from Ajax last summer, started Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Fulham but was replaced by N’Golo Kante in the second half after struggling to make much of an impact.
The 28-year-old looked despondent as he left the pitch and Leboeuf believes he is becoming ‘frustrated’ at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Ziyech’s underwhelming performance, Chelsea outplayed west London rivals Fulham, winning 2-0 thanks to a Kai Havertz brace as they strengthened their grip on the top-four battle.
‘I’m more concerned about Hakim Ziyech,’ Leboeuf told ESPN FC. ‘If he plays, why doesn’t he [Tuchel] put him on the right?
‘I saw him today very frustrated when he came off after playing like a number ten. I don’t think that’s his real position.
‘Tuchel really has to think that Ziyech has to play on the right side. It’s like [Riyad] Mahrez, he’s a copy-cat of Mahrez.
‘I don’t see [Pep] Guardiola putting Mahrez in another position than on the right side.’
Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 win, Blues boss Tuchel praised his team’s performance and said they were ‘spot on’ against relegation-battlers Fulham
‘We knew Fulham gives everyone a hard time,’ he said. ‘They make you under-perform and they make you suffer.
‘You cannot get confused with the table. That’s why I have the highest respect for what we did today. It was tough for us but we hang in the game.
‘We could decide the match earlier but it was a tough and a very important win. We were spot on. It was what we demanded from ourselves.
‘We showed the pride we are capable of – to do it in between two big games. I’m beyond happy that we did it. There was no lack of concentration.
‘We had some trouble which everyone against this Fulham side has but there was no lack of concentration and that was key.’
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