Chelsea legend admits Hakim Ziyech is better than he even thought

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Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech from Dutch giants Ajax, and the Moroccan international is now beginning to show why Frank Lampard went all out to sign him.

Lampard had to introduce Ziyech slowly into the team, due to his injury and lack of match fitness, having not played since March.

The 27-year-old scored in his first start for Chelsea, the 4-0 win against Krasnodar in the Champions League, and also scored in his first Premier League start for Chelsea, the 3-0 win against Burnley.

Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin, has revealed that he has been impressed with the attacking quality of Ziyech, his pass skills and also his defensive work rate. Nevin had to admit that the Moroccan star is better than he even thought.

Nevin said: “The one thing over the past week that has knocked me out has been the performance of Hakim Ziyech. In two games he has proved to be an even better player than I thought he was, and I thought he was very good anyway.

“That ability to see crucial through balls and be able to play them at the right time and the right pace in between packed defences is something we really needed to add to our arsenal. His pass to Timo Werner for the third goal was an overlooked moment of genius. Anyone from Kevin De Bruyne to Cesc Fabregas would have been proud of that assist.

“It wasn’t his only moment of fabulous vision. The two goals in two games had the look of a natural finisher about them. He doesn’t panic when he is in the box, he is in total control of the situation, a sure sign of a very good player.

“The creativity is a given then, but most Chelsea fans and definitely the gaffer will have noticed his work-rate, too. His closing down and efforts to win the ball back high up the field were top class. Again I will be honest and admit that I wasn’t expecting that level of work-rate, but it looks very much like the right team spirit is in his make-up and it is not just the early efforts of a new player trying to impress.”

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