However, new boss Hutchings has put his faith in the 26-year-old, starting him in all six games since he has been at the helm - and Zaaboub has repaid the Saddlers with a series of impressive displays, couple with a few assists along the way.
"You are always happy when you have got the full confidence of the manager and you are always trying hard to help him and your team-mates," Zaaboub told the Birmingham Mail.
"Things were not very good for me under the previous manager. Training is all very well but it is all about playing games. I wasn't much involved for ages, I don't really know why, and that was hard.
"But then there was a change and I got my chance again and I have really enjoyed coming back in. I feel fit and after quite a long time without playing in the first team the more I play the stronger I will get. I am very happy to get my chance and, with every game, more confidence comes."