Thomas Tuchel may be looking to build his own squad at Chelsea when the summer transfer window opens and that could spell further trouble for Hakim Ziyech. Frank Lampard was replaced by Tuchel back in January after struggling to get his new-look side firing on all cylinders.
Summer signings such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were struggling for form and had even fallen out of favour under the former England international.
Ziyech was a favourite under Lampard, but injuries restricted his minutes in the first half of the season.
But the 28-year-old was left out of the side for Tuchel’s first four Premier League games in charge.
Ziyech has started just four top flight matches under the German coach since with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Werner and Havertz being preferred.
Tuchel may well still value Ziyech as part of his squad and that was evident in the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid last month.
However, former Holland international Rene van der Gijp believes Ziyech will have to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Van der Gijp was originally happy to see Ziyech make the switch to west London last summer, but that was only due to Lampard being in charge.
“It was a good choice when Lampard was coach”, he told Veronica Inside.
“He was very enthusiastic about him. Then another trainer arrives, and he wants to play a different game.
“He wants to have runners in midfield instead of people like Ziyech.
“Then you have a problem… So it’s best for him to leave.”
Ziyech was once again left on the bench in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday night.
But the Blues are back in action this weekend when they take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Chelsea dropped out of the top four last weekend following their humiliating 5-2 defeat to West Brom.
But it’s tightly packed among several teams vying for that final Champions League spot.
Chelsea are just one point behind West Ham with Tottenham and Liverpool both two points behind Tuchel’s side.