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Hakim Ziyech not good enough to start, says Chelsea TV co-commentator Jason Cundy | Football

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

Jason Cundy believes Hakim Ziyech is not good enough to start for Chelsea after Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat by Southampton.

Raheem Sterling put Chelsea ahead at St Mary’s but goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong gave Southampton victory.

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

Cundy, who worked as a co-commentator for Chelsea TV for the Southampton defeat, believes Ziyech should not be in Tuchel’s starting XI and says the club’s £36.6million signing from Ajax does not fit into the squad would come if every player was available.

“Right now the transfer window is still open, there’s a lot of knee-jerk reactions about who’s going to do what and who’s going to do that in the season. I’m feeling a bit beat at the moment,” Cundy told talkSPORT.

“When the window closes and we have 10 games, when the European competitions start and we start getting into it and the World Cup comes, it will even out. At the moment we are not good enough. There’s no way around it, we’re not good enough.

Ajax have expressed interest in signing Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea

Ajax have expressed interest in signing Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea (Getty)

“But you look at some of the players who started tonight – if everyone is fit and everyone is playing – there are some players who start tonight and wouldn’t do it [normally] Start… Ziyech, don’t start, he’s not good enough.

“Right now we are in a hole, there is cause for concern. We are in a somewhat tricky situation.

“Broja, can I just say how brilliant he looked when he came on? Broja has to start as a centre-forward, a real centre-forward. I have nothing against Havertz, he won the Champions League for us, but Broja has to start.

‘If Chelsea had a striker he would have been a central point for 90 minutes and would have done the work he has [Che Adams] done, I would say Chelsea would be a different team.

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

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

Chelsea have suffered two defeats in their first 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 it [Wesley] Fofana,” Cundy said.

“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… I thought Che Adams was the best player on the pitch , he didn’t cause us end of problems without really doing anything in the box, center forward game he was just… and we kept putting him down why are we putting him down?!

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

“I can’t quite understand why Tuchel started with an a [back] four if he’s had that much success and done that well with a three. I know Reece [James] was missing, and I know we’re a bit naked back there right now, but there are ways around that.

“I won’t deny we were horrible tonight, there’s no escape, I can’t hide.

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

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