Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech has impressed him in training, as well as revealing that he could possibly be in line for his club debut at the weekend.
The Blues return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon by hosting Southampton at Stamford Bridge and are looking to build on a decent start of seven points from the opening four matches.
Ziyech, who linked up with the squad ahead of the new season, was injured in a pre-season game against Brighton and that’s delayed him making his competitive debut for the club.
The 27-year-old winger has watched on from the sidelines with a knee injury so far this campaign, but supporters may finally get to see him play against Southampton and he’s expected to add some extra creative flair to the XI.
He is a left-footed wide player that likes to cut inside from the right and many are predicting him to slot into a new-look attacking trio alongside Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.
Ziyech has made a name for himself across Europe as a top creator due to his stunning form with previous club Ajax, scoring 48 goals and setting up 82 assists in 165 games across all competitions for the Dutch giants.
Lampard has been discussing the Morocco international ahead of tomorrow’s league meeting and has explained that he may be in line for a debut from the bench.
“Hakim Ziyech in the squad, he’s not fit to start but fit to participate for some minutes we hope. He’s worked so hard, he’s been fantastic in terms of his professionalism to get fit, and he looks really good in training,” Lampard said in his press conference, as quoted by Football.London.
I’m excited to get him in and around it, to bring what we brought him to the club for. Which is the opportunity to create chances for us, to be the talented player that he is and we saw at Ajax. And I look forward to seeing him play.”