‘He’s not used to coming off the bench’ – Tuchel receives warning about Chelsea player

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been warned Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech is used to starting games and not coming off the bench.

This is according to former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot, who believes former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard understood Ziyech better than Tuchel.

Asked why Hakim Ziyech is struggling under Tuchel, Melchiot told Stadium Astro: “He doesn’t always get the opportunity. I think Frank [Lampard] understood him better, he wanted him and went after him.

“I think Ziyech is facing now what he had at the beginning at Ajax. It was kind of difficult for him to get a run going. Once he got it, he was among the top-two players in the team. Now in the Premier League, you have many stars around you. He has to understand that.

“I think it comes down to rhythm. If you don’t play that often, when you get your opportunity you have got to grab it. But it can take a few games to get up to speed, so if he doesn’t get those games, it becomes really tough.

“I like him and I think he’s technically gifted, physically fit and understands the game well. At Ajax, he would cross the ball so many times and there were players on the end of it.

“They need to understand [at Chelsea] what his strengths are because if he can deliver that and really master that, it could be something special, if not then it becomes tough. I know he won’t like it, he’s not a player who’s used to coming off the bench. He was a starting player every time at Ajax.”

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