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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is ‘not in the right place’, says Dutch legend Marco van Basten

Thomas Tuchel’s management of Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has come under fire from Dutch legends Marco van Basten and Dirk Kuyt.

After scoring the winning goal for Blues against Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, the Moroccan international found themselves on the bench against West Ham on Sunday.

He came in late in the second half for Christian Pulisic for a 15-minute cameo and his 19th Premier League appearance of the season.

Thomas Tuchel's management of Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has come under fire

Thomas Tuchel’s management of Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has come under fire

Dutch legends Marco van Basten and Dirk Kuyt have questioned Tuchel’s plans for Ziyech

Van Basten remained frustrated with Ziyech’s lack of involvement, suggesting that Chelsea’s system and tactics under Tuchel do not suit the former Ajax playmaker.

Ziyech back on the couch. When he gets in, it’s like a striker. He can do that too, because he is just a good player. I am sorry to see rotation … He is just not in the right place, ” said Van Basten via Ziggo Sport Football zone.

‘That Werner plays really badly, but doesn’t he come in much more often? The system this trainer plays is just not right for Ziyech. Then as Ziyech you have to say: ‘You know what? I have to plead.

‘It’s about Ziyech now, because I have nothing to do with that man. This does not interact that way. I’m not saying it’s bad for Ziyech or bad for that trainer, but it doesn’t work that way. ‘

After scoring a winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final, Ziyech sat on the bench for West Ham

Ex-Liverpool forward Dirk Kurt then compared Ziyech’s limited chances of playing with unsought striker Timo Werner, who recently ended a 17-game drought against the Hammers.

He scored in that FA Cup match against Manchester City. Then you think: well, he’s through it, “said Kuyt.

The next game: boom, on the couch. Then you look at Werner, who can do whatever he wants. He plays over and over. He scored against West Ham, but he could have made one more. ‘

The 28-year-old’s debut season at Stamford Bridge was quite a stop-start due to injury problems, but he has glimpsed what he can do under Tuchel after scoring three goals under the German’s rule.

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