Lampard rates Hakim Ziyech’s debut as he says the Moroccan star is not ready to start a game for Chelsea

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Hakim Ziyech was Frank Lampard’s first signing for the Blues, as he sealed a deal in February ahead of the new season.

Ziyech had been injured prior to the start of the season, and was unable to start the season with his teammates.

The Moroccan star has since resumed training, and was given a run out by the manager, as he came on for Mason Mount against Southampton, in the 72nd minute of the game.

There were flashes of the Moroccan’s quality, although he wasn’t able to show the stuff he’s made of due to the nature of the game.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted after the game that it was difficult to give a good judgment of Ziyech’s debut and can’t wait for the 27-year-old to get back to full fitness. According to the gaffer, Ziyech isn’t ready to start a game yet.

He said: “It’s hard, it’s hard because we are trying to find minutes for him. He’s not ready to start a game yet, he’s pretty open about that in how he feels.

“But with Premier League games it’s hard to make those sorts of judgments going into a game. He came on for his 20 minutes or so and think he showed his moments of class and calmness on the ball which you are going to see more of.

“But it’s unfortunate for us he comes on and obviously unfortunate for us he comes on and we don’t win the game.”

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