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The appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the new club boss may have seen players like Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso become a mainstay in the first team, but it has also seen the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell lose relevance in the team.
Ziyech has started just one league game for Chelsea under Hakim Ziyech, which was the goalless draw against Wolves, and he was subbed off in that game. Since then, he has failed to make an appearance in the league for Tuchel.
Ziyech was given a chance to impress in the FA Cup clash against Barnsley, and he also struggled in that game.
Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system seems to be the problem for Ziyech, as he more used to playing through the wing than being an inside forward.
Ziyech’s abilities are yet to be utilised under Tuchel, and the Moroccan star even finds himself behind three players for a place in the starting team.
Mason Mount is a main player for Tuchel, and he has been fighting for that role alongside Kai Havertz, with Christian Pulisic third in the pecking order. These three players are currently above Ziyech, and the 27-year-old must now fight his way to be back in the team.
Meanwhile, Ziyech wasn’t the only high-profile player not to be used against Newcastle as Christian Pulisic was also an unused substitute.
Explaining his decision on the day, Tuchel said: “Today, the first change was already made in the first half from injury and Christian was a very tight decision if he starts again after the cup game, or if he comes on from the bench.
“We decided for another eleven to start. Unfortunately, we only had three changes which makes it very difficult to give time to the players, to let everybody play, and to have an impact with the changes of fresh legs. That makes it difficult and the third change we didn’t want to use too early.
“During the match, we did what we normally do which is to only change to win the match. He deserves to start, or to come in but I could only use three guys. I hope he keeps on going and he will make an important impact for us in the future.”