How Hakim Ziyech won more than one million fans

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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has steady but gradually won the hearts of Chelsea fans, and he had a good game in the win against Burnley, as he scored the opening goal against the Clarets.

Ziyech followed that with a man of the match performance against Rennes. Ziyech showed his Rennes performance wasn’t a fluke with a man of the match performance against Sheffield United, where he got two assists.

Blues hero Pat Nevin was so full of praise for Ziyech after his Rennes performance, and he has now revealed that his comments about Ziyech following the Rennes game wasn’t too much hype, and the Moroccan international must have gained millions of followers following his star performance against Sheffield United.

Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Last week on this page I was chuntering on about how impressed I was by Hakim Ziyech, maybe even to the point of gushing just a little, or indeed a lot. The thing is I didn’t think I was being even slightly over the top, because what I saw in his first two games was enough to convince me that he could be something close to the missing link of creativity we have been looking for, well for over a year to be honest.

“Most of us Chelsea-minded types were impressed already but by the time he walked off the park after destroying Sheffield United on Saturday, he had gained millions more fans. It was a magnificent performance showing little glimpses that reminded you of the best of Eden Hazard at one moment and then Cesc Fabregas’s genius two minutes later.

“Okay, so it was ‘only the Blades’ some might say and yes, things will be tougher against the likes of Man City and Liverpool, but he has enough technical ability to live and thrive very easily in that company too I reckon. We will find out soon enough.”

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