MOROCCO World Cup fans have demanded that Graham Potter QUIT his position as Chelsea boss.
That’s due to his perceived treatment of misfit winger Hakim Ziyech.
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The mercurial playmaker, 29, leads his side out tonight in their semi-final battle against France.
Ziyech, who has been donating his international salary, has been one of the standout performers in Qatar.
And he played a key role in helping Morocco become the first African nation in history to reach the last four of a World Cup.
But Ziyech’s stardom at the tournament is in stark contrast to his club form.
The former Ajax man struggled to impress at under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
And Potter is the latest manager failing to get a tune out of Ziyech.
The left-footer is now being linked with a move to AC Milan once the January transfer window opens.
And Ziyech’s exit seems even more certain with Chelsea reportedly wrapping up a deal for RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku while also pursuing a new striker.
Morocco are hoping for victory in their World Cup semi against France
But Morocco fans reckon there’s a better way to resolve the situation.
That’s by Potter instead deciding to stand down from his post.
One particularly irate supporter said on live TV: “Graham Potter! Hakim Ziyech is going to be at the final! You’ll lose him, Graham Potter, we need you out!
“Because you’re not here, Hakim Ziyech is there, see you Graham Potter.”
It remains to be seen whether Potter heeds the advice.
But former Blue Joe Cole reckons it should be Ziyech who goes as he’s just not suited to the physicality of English football.
Cole said last week: “He just looks like a happier player for Morocco. He’s had a very difficult time at Chelsea and he hasn’t had a rhythm to his game.
“The Premier League doesn’t suit him. It’s aggressive, up and down.
“Playing for Ajax he could hug the touchline and the team would very much play through the lines, give him the ball and he’s got a lovely left-foot, comes inside and delivers the ball.
“But when we’ve watched him here [Qatar], he’s playing with an intensity and a smile on his face.
“Ziyech is a talented boy but it’s just not worked for him at Chelsea.”