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Chelsea completed the signing of Ajax star Hakim Ziyech in February, and the Moroccan international will join Chelsea at the end of the season.
Former Stoke City and England star Peter Crouch, has hailed Chelsea’s signing of Ziyech, and believes that the winger might not be up to the heights of Eden Hazard, but he can do a good job in the team.
Crouch also believes that Ziyech will help bring out the best in Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
“I think he can light the Premier League up, I really do,” Crouch told BT Sport. “I love watching him, the majority of it is his influence in matches is what I love.
“He was part of such a young, vibrant Ajax side, but he’s going to a similar side at Chelsea. That’s what Frank Lampard wants at Chelsea, he wants young players.
“I know he’s not as young as he once was, he’s 27 now, but he was part of that side. He’s got a fantastic left foot, tremendous ability on the ball. When he drops deep he can pick a pass.
“We don’t know the situation with Pedro and Willian, they might move on. I think he will slip straight into that [spot] and become a huge asset for Chelsea, he can be a huge player for them next season.
“They lost Eden Hazard, one of the world’s greatest players and he got Chelsea fans off their feet. He was exciting to watch, he carried so much of the burden for Chelsea.
“I’m not saying [Ziyech] will hit the ground running and be a replacement for Eden Hazard, but I do think he’s got the ability to be something close to that.
“I think he’s got tremendous ability, he’s exciting, and he’ll be an asset to the Premier League.
“He’ll help players, the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham. If I was Tammy Abraham, I’d be licking my lips at some of the assists this man can provide.”
Ziyech was due to join Chelsea on 1 July, but with the coronavirus pandemic still on, it’s yet to know when the season will end across Europe.