Mason Mount declares Chelsea team-mate Hakim Ziyech 'world class'

Mason Mount declares ‘world class’ Chelsea team-mate Hakim Ziyech a ‘joy to play with’ after £38m summer signing scored twice in three days to kickstart his Stamford Bridge career

  • Hakim Ziyech scored on his first Chelsea league start in the win against Burnley 
  • The 27-year-old forward also found the target against Krasnodar in mid-week 
  • Mason Mount has hailed his team-mate as ‘world class’ after his superb week 
  • Blues boss Frank Lampard also believes Ziyech will hand his side a ‘big boost’ 

Chelsea star Mason Mount has hailed team-mate Hakim Ziyech as ‘world class’ after the playmaker spectacularly burst into form last week.

The 27-year-old, who joined from Ajax in the summer for £37million, was forced to wait to make an impact due to a knee injury but has impressed recently with two goals and an assist.

And following his impressive back-to-back displays, Mount has lavished praise on Ziyech and believes he can add another element to Chelsea’s formidable frontline. 

Mason Mount hailed Chelsea team-mate Hakim Ziyech as ‘world class’ after the win at Burnley

Ziyech, who officially arrived from Ajax in the summer, was on target on his first league start

‘We know what he can do on the ball and what he brings to the team,’ he said. ‘He’s a world class player, obviously coming in and scoring the other night [against Krasnodar] and scoring on his Premier League debut. 

He’s a brilliant player. He’s a joy to play with, very clever on the ball, he brings a lot to the team. He’s a very good player.’

Ziyech scored a superb individual effort on his first start for the club in the Champions League win in Russia on Wednesday, and again added to his tally against Burnley on Saturday.

The 27-year-old drilled past Nick Pope from outside the area to open the scoring at Turf Moor

The Moroccan international picked up the ball on the edge of the box and blasted beyond Nick Pope down the centre of the goal.  

The tricky forward also teed up Timo Werner in the 3-0 victory and linked up with those around him superbly. 

Chelsea had moved up to fourth in the standings before the rest of the action and Frank Lampard admitted Ziyech’s return to fitness has handed his team a ‘big boost’.

He said: ‘He brings a different property to us, with an eye for a pass, his receiving, crossing and assist-making. 

Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted Ziyech’s return to fitness has handed his team a ‘big boost’

‘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.’

The Blues have been tipped to make a title challenge this season after a lavish summer of spending – and six new faces all starred in the comfortable result at Turf Moor.

Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz, Werner, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Ziyech had all started. 

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