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Hakim Ziyech seems to have brought a creative spark to Chelsea, and his absence has strongly been felt.
Since suffering a hamstring injury against Leeds United, Ziyech has now missed three games for Chelsea. Surprisingly, the Blues haven’t recorded a win in his absence, with back to back defeats in the Premier League against Everton and Wolves.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea hero Pat Nevin believes Mason Mount or Billy Gilmour should be able to do the work for Chelsea if the creative players are missing. Nevin has asked for Lampard to play the impressive youngster Billy Gilmour higher up the pitch so his creativity can help the forward players.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “When you play away from home and have nearly three-quarters of the possession and then come off after 90-odd minutes and say we hardly created anything special, you know where the problem lies.
“The intelligence, the movement, the skillset and most importantly, the pure ability to think unlike the others, is almost always what you need in these circumstances.
“Let’s hope one or all of these three players [Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, and Pulisic] are back as soon as possible, or that someone else can take up the mantle in the short term.
“Maybe Mason Mount in the number 10 role could do a turn as the creative spark, or possibly Billy Gilmour pushed a little further forward.
“He might have the technical skills from a more central area to slip those cunning passes through.”
Meanwhile, Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are back to training and could be in the squad to face West Ham.