The Atlas Lion came in as a substitute against Nottingham Forest, but fans want him to start against the Premier League champions on Thursday.
Following Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League tie with Nottingham Forest, Chelsea boss Graham Potter has decided to put Hakim Ziyech ahead of Raheem Sterling.
After Sterling gave the Blues the lead, Serge Aurier seized on a defensive mix-up to earn the Tricky Trees a valuable point at the City Ground.
Despite his outstanding performance in the World Cup finals in Qatar, when he led Morocco to the semi-finals, Potter kept Ziyech on the bench until he came on in the 72nd minute to replace Jorginho.
Fans have already flocked to social media to demand that he start ahead of Sterling when Chelsea face Manchester City in their next league game at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. His entrance saw him create opportunities that Chelsea did not take advantage of.
Ziyech needs to start vs Man City
He needs more minutes on the pitch, playing 15 minutes isn’t good… – @naibeeez
For me, Ziyech was brilliant today. He tried to create some good chances but the others couldn’t turn them into real opportunities. Potter needs to start him in the next game against Manchester City.
Potter having Ziyech on the bench is a crime against humanity. Hope he’ll start against Manchester City 🤲🏻 – @mingipaws
Someone needs to tell this Potter man that “Ziyech needs more starting time.” – @iam_ifegbolahan
Pathetic. Worrying how they were dominated by a relegation side in the second half. A lot of deadwood in this team. If Pulisic and Ziyech don’t start from now on then Potter is pathetic. – @Frankkoja93
He created one huge chance that we should have scored. I do not understand the obsession with Sterling. Wallah this is ridiculous. Against Man City, Ziyech and Pulisic need to start otherwise Potter’s head needs to be checked. – @paper_equity
Pains to see Ziyech benched
Potter will watch Ziyech create chances for fun but will still start Mount and Sterling over him. – @SuyashCFC
So I have to watch Potter’s Chelsea again and see him benching Ziyech every other game???? When is the pain going to end 😭 – @mingipaws
Am sick of why @ChelseaFC keeps on benching Hakim Ziyech, only to concede a late goal and share the spoils! Potter has to wake up quickly or Chelsea will be relegated! – @ibrahim_006KE
But how do you bench Ziyech? The kid is too good, he fought up to the World Cup semi-finals, Potter is not good enough🚮 – @emmanuel_ayello
Why didn’t Graham Potter start Hakim Ziyech, it really pains? 🤔 – @marcus_oriobosa
Why is Potter not starting Ziyech? Don’t know what he needs to do to start, just wasting his talent and playmaking 😕 – @satyam7sharma7