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Hakim Ziyech struggled in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday evening (Reuters)

Jason Cundy believes Hakim Ziyech is not good enough to start for Chelsea following their 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday evening.

Raheem Sterling gave Chelsea the lead at St Mary’s but goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong secured the win for Southampton.

Thomas Tuchel opted to start with a back four against Southampton following an injury to Reece James, while both Kai Havertz and Ziyech underperformed in Chelsea’s front three.

Cundy, who was working as a co-commentator for Chelsea TV for the defeat to Southampton, believes Ziyech should not be in Tuchel’s starting XI and says the club’s £36.6 million signing from Ajax would not get in the team if every player were available.

‘Right now, the transfer window is still open, there’s a lot of knee-jerk reaction about who’s going to do what and who’s going to do this in the season, right now I feel a little bit beaten,’ Cundy told talkSPORT.

‘When the window shuts and we’re 10 games in, when the European competitions start and we start to get into it and the World Cup comes around, it will level out. Right now, we’re not good enough. There’s no getting away from it, we’re not good enough.

Ajax have shown interest in re-signing Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea

Ajax have shown interest in re-signing Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea (Getty)

‘But you look at some of the players that started tonight – if everyone’s fit and everyone’s playing – there are some players starting tonight that wouldn’t [normally] start… Ziyech, don’t start, he ain’t good enough.

‘Right now we’re in a hole, there’s cause for concern. We’re in a bit of a sticky situation.

‘Broja, can I just say how brilliant he looked when he came on. Broja’s got to start at centre forward, a proper centre forward. I don’t mind Havertz, he won the Champions League for us, but Broja’s got to start.

‘If Chelsea had a striker, a focal point for 90 minutes and did the work that he [Che Adams] done, I would say Chelsea would be a different team.

‘Our best player tonight was Broja, it may not be acceptable but it’s true. It’s hard to say it, do I want to say that someone who came off our bench was Chelsea’s best player?’


Chelsea have suffered two defeats in their opening five Premier League games

Chelsea have suffered two defeats in their opening five Premier League games (Getty)

Cundy also questioned Tuchel’s decision to switch to a back four for Chelsea’s trip to Southampton.

‘Tonight you saw exactly why we need [Wesley] Fofana,’ said Cundy.

‘He played a four tonight, he started with a four, Azpi, Koulibaly, he’s an experienced player but he needs time, and Thiago Silva the three of them… I thought Che Adams was the best player on the pitch, he caused us no end of problems, without actually doing anything in the box, centre-forward play, he was just… and we kept dropping off him, why are we dropping off him?!

‘Why did we play a four? You’ve got Azpi, Koulibaly, Silva and Cucurella, there’s your back four, I thought the first 15, 20 minutes we looked decent but once we scored Che Adams seemed to scare us to death, we kept dropping off him.

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‘I can’t quite understand why Tuchel started with a [back] four when he’s had so much success and done so well with a three. I know Reece [James] was missing, and I know we’re a little bit bare back there at the minute, but there are ways around that.

‘I’m not going to deny tonight we were dreadful, there’s not getting away from it, I can’t hide.

‘The last three games… away at Everton should’ve been a draw, Leeds pulled our pants down, Southampton beat us fair and square, should’ve beaten Spurs but we didn’t, we got away a little bit with Leicester, we went down to 10 men and it could’ve been different.’

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