Frank Lampard has spoken about the impact Hakim Ziyech can have on his squad after his impressive first competitive start for Chelsea in the Champions League this week.
Lampard will also be looking to get the best from all his attackers as they prepare for a tough away fixture against Burnley in our Premier League fixture today. Four of them, including Ziyech, were on the scoresheet in Russia as we beat Krasnodar 4-0 on Wednesday, with the Moroccan playing an integral role from the right whenever the Blues attacked.
The boss was impressed with Ziyech’s first start since March and has detailed how his profile can help the team going forward.
As covered in The Debrief, Ziyech had the most touches out of all the attackers (52) and had four shots on target. His goal also made him Chelsea’s 12th scorer of the season (Pulisic later made this 13), giving Lampard plenty of options going forward.
‘A lot of people have questioned the attacking side of our game in the early parts of the season,’ said Lampard.
‘We’ve scored a lot of goals but I always felt when Hakim Ziyech is fit and when Christian Pulisic is fit we’d start to see the side of our game that I would like to see.’
With all the attacking options at his disposal, Lampard has expressed great pleasure in having a different type of winger, someone who can also play in the number 10 position and give him a different weapon when facing teams that sit back.
‘With Hakim, we have the potential to bring in someone with a real different quality to what we’ve had here in recent years in terms of a left-footed right-sided player, which is his main position for me,’ continued Lampard.
‘At Ajax, I know he played as a number 10 and he can do that for us if we want to play him there but he does it in a way where he is very much about opening up chances for others with his crossing ability and his final pass.’
The Blues manager also touched on the personality and character of the 27-year-old, reiterating how important it is to have players like him in the squad that are aware of what they bring to the side and have the ability to show their quality.
‘I was struck by the inner confidence in him, which I love, and we need that,’ added the boss. ‘We need confidence in players and personalities that they believe they should be here and they want to offer something.
‘He’s been an absolute dream in terms of to work with. He made himself feel at home in a really short space of time so I think he’s going to be a big plus for us, not just on the pitch but around the pitch as well. I can see it already.’
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