Two Chelsea players have made Garth Crooks’ BBC Premier League team of the week.
Kurt Zouma and Hakim Ziyech were named in the BBC team of the week after their impressive performances in the 3-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday.
On Zouma making the team of the week, Crooks told BBC: “His third goal of the season came from another towering header – Kurt Zouma is starting to develop a taste for scoring from set-plays. He’s already scored against Brighton and Crystal Palace this season and his headed goal against a poor-looking Burnley was a beauty.
“Regular readers will know I have been rather ambivalent about Zouma over the years. When I saw him make his debut for Chelsea, I said he could be another Marcel Desailly. I’m no longer sure about that but there is no doubt that loan spells at Stoke and Everton have clearly benefited the defender. Will he win titles with Chelsea like Desailly? Well, I’m not sure about that either.”
On Ziyech, Crooks added: “At Burnley, he scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea. On that performance, it won’t be his last. Hakim Ziyech scored in the Champions League in midweek against Krasnodar and looks capable of scoring lots more.
“The Morocco international looks so balanced and comfortable on the ball. The way he took the ball from Reece James with his left foot and then transferred it to his right in order to slide the ball to Timo Werner to score was quite stunning. The ball never stopped travelling forward and as a consequence it never gave Burnley’s defence any time to readjust. It looks as if the Atlas Lions have found another star – with Chelsea now getting the benefit.”