Lampard upbeat about winger who can dribble, assist and produce defence splitting pass

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Frank Lampard was full of praise for Hakim Ziyech after his performance in the 4-0 win against Krasnodar.

It was the first start of the season for the Morocco International who last played club football in March.

Lampard has been introducing Ziyech gradually until he gave him first start against Krasnodar. Ziyech’s influence in the game progressed until he scored the third goal of the game, showing quick feet in the Krasnodar box that was packed with defenders.

Speaking ahead of facing Burnley, Lampard has revealed his excitement, as he names Ziyech as a different winger compared to the players at his disposal, hailing his dribbling ability, assist ability and his ability to play in defence splitting pass.

Lampard said in his pre-match press conference: “He was really good last night, especially considering it was his first start in months. When we brought Hakim into the club it was because I’d watched him a lot and we’d played against them [Ajax] the year before so I knew his qualities.

‘He’s a winger that gives us real width but also gives us the clever movements when he comes off the line. He can really produce important assist passes or break-the-line passes which he takes on that maybe other players don’t so he brings us something certainly different to what we have in terms of style.”

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