Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was hugely complimentary of Hakim Ziyech after his European performance in midweek, stating that he brought a lot “calmness” to the team.
Ziyech, who was making his first start for the Blues, was one of the goalscorers in an emphatic 4-0 away victory against Russian side Krasnodar in the Champions League group stages.
The 27-year-old had featured in the club’s two previous games with late cameo performances from the bench, as he works his way back from a knee injury that saw him miss the beginning of the season.
But the skilful right-winger was impressive during the 80 minutes he was on the pitch against Krasnodar and he got on the scoresheet with a neat left-footed finish inside the penalty box.
Lampard hailed the Moroccan attacker for his performance on Wednesday night and pointed out the calmness he brought.
The wide player seems to have so much time when he’s in possession and opponents may fear lunging in with tackles due to his quick feet, plus he’s got the vision to help dictate play.
“Hakim Ziyech was fit today, the first time he’s really been fit to start a game. He has worked really hard to be fit and I was very keen to get his quality into the team. We saw that for the whole period he was on the pitch. He brought a lot of quality and calmness and got a well deserved goal,” Lampard said, as quoted by Football.London.
Ziyech is just getting started in a Chelsea shirt by the looks of it and it won’t be a surprise if he manages to nail down a regular spot on the right wing, especially as being a left-footer he gives so much balance when in the XI.
The winger managed 21 assists last season across all competitions for Dutch giants Ajax and the playmaker will be quite the player when he’s up to full speed.