Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hails the impact of Hakim Ziyech

‘He brings a different property to us… he has given us a big boost’: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hails the impact of Hakim Ziyech after netting in two straight games after recovering from knee injury

  • Frank Lampard praised Hakim Ziyech for providing his Chelsea side a ‘big boost’ 
  • Ziyech scored the opening goal against Burnley to see them move to fourth
  • He become the first player since Diego Costa to score on his first two starts

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised in-form Hakim Ziyech for providing his side a ‘big boost’.

Ziyech scored the opening goal against Burnley on Saturday to help Chelsea claim three points and move to fourth in the Premier League table.

Ziyech’s goal also saw him become the first player since Diego Costa to score on his first two starts for the club after he signed for £37million from Ajax.

Frank Lampard praised Hakim Ziyech for providing his Chelsea side a ‘big boost’

Speaking of Ziyech’s impact, Frank Lampard said: ‘I expected a lot of him because I was very aware of his qualities and how important they can be to the club.

‘He brings a different property to us, with an eye for a pass, his receiving, crossing and assist-making. But what I have seen since he has been here is his absolute personality when he plays to want the ball.

Chelsea boss Lampard signed Ziyech for £37million from Ajax during the transfer window

Lampard also spoke highly of Ben Chilwell, who joined from Leicester City this summer

‘His work-rate off the ball is very, very good as well. He has brought those qualities and comes with real confidence. He has given us a big boost. His demeanour, the way he plays.

‘Two games in a few days with a trip to Russia for him after being out for so long has been really good by him.’

 Lampard also spoke highly of Ben Chilwell, who joined from Leicester City. 

‘It has been a really positive impact and it is an important part of how I want to play involving our full-backs in an offensive sense,’ Lampard said.

‘I am not taking away the defensive thing because I thought him and Reece [James] found the perfect moments to join in, get higher up the pitch and then perfectly recovered back up the pitch for second balls that were coming at us today.

‘With the quality of Chily, we have to utilise him and get him high up the pitch at times. [It] is a big deal for us and he will get better as he is settling in. There’s a lot more to come from Chily.’




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