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Should Highly Rated Midfielder Eye Italy As Premier League Role Worsens?

With injuries hampering the squad numbers, and the London blues set to start the season with a thinning squad, they opted for the signature of the out-of-favor midfielder Denis Zakaria from Juventus. 

Despite his injury concerns since joining Juventus in January from Monchengladbach, Chelsea secured a loan move for Zakaria. He left Juventus for Chelsea, having made just 15 first-team appearances during his eight months with the club – an unconvincing statistic.

It was pretty obvious the former Monchengladbach midfielder was brought not primarily as a starter but as a team player to implement the ongoing project between Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly, the new American owner of the London Outfit.

“Denis is a talented midfielder with lots of quality and skill. He will add depth and range to our squad this season, and we are looking forward to watching him play in Chelsea blue.” – Todd Boehly said upon the midfielder’s arrival in a club statement.

Denis Zakaria’s Struggling At Chelsea So Far

“I want to say hi to all the Chelsea fans. I’m very happy and proud to be a Blue and I cannot wait to see you soon at Stamford Bridge.”

Those were Zakaria’s words upon joining the London outfit, but it seems the Blues would have to keep waiting longer as the Swiss international is yet to grace the pitch for the blues.

Uncertainties remain as to the reason why Zakaria is yet to feature for Chelsea so far, and it could be either traced to the false promises received (which hastened the transfer), Thomas Tuchel’s sack, or injury concerns – that which is yet to be evident since his arrival at Chelsea.

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Many could argue the consistent ins and outs of the club’s team sheet and the lack of a single minute could be channeled to Thomas Tuchel’s sack as Zakaria was signed while he was at the helm. A little dispute and a lack of correlation between the club head and the then-manager would see the manager receive his marching orders from the club.

The Midfielder Awaits His Chance

Sequel to Tuchel’s sack, Zakaria was yet to make a single appearance for the club despite admitting to signing due to the German’s abilities. Fellow new midfield signing Carney Chukwuemeka was also made to wait for his chances. The signing of Graham Potter from Brighton has brought back life to the club but not to Zakaria’s face as he remains a fragile member of the squad.

“It’s difficult to say what went wrong, maybe the style of football wasn’t suited to me. The team sat very deep, so I didn’t have much space. I’m a player who needs a lot of space for my runs. It might suit me better in England.” – Zakaria’s subtle criticism of his former club

Denis Zakaria is a modern midfielder with the ability to play anywhere on the pitch. His versatility is his major asset, and that appears to be the basis of survival under Graham Potter as the English boss implements various tactics from game to game and during the games, but none of the Swiss midfielder’s quality has moved the coach.

Denis’ camp is growing frustrated at his representative’s lack of playing time with ongoing speculations to terminating the Swiss’ contract, but Graham Potter addressed the situation highlighting Zakaria’s importance.

“There’s Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], Jorgi, and Mateo [Kovacic] in that area of the pitch so there’s quite a lot of competition. It’s not like he’s doing anything bad but I have to start somewhere in terms of selection. The other guys have to be patient and be ready when the team needs them, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Denis has conducted himself fantastically well with the group and supports his teammates well. You can tell he wants to play and I can understand that situation.
He’s fighting for the team, he’s been professional in training and he’s waiting for his opportunity. I’m sure that will come round soon.”

In Conclusion

In his earlier years, Zakaria received plaudits from teammates and German legends for his strength, agility, and tenacity as well as being a beautiful user of the ball, Zakaria was quick to develop into an all-round midfielder.

The Switzerland international is a gem and his lack of game time is a source of major concern for the 25-year-old. Speculation over his future will continue to be on the rise while his time on the sidelines increases. 



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