Rio Ferdinand explains what Frank Lampard likes about Hakim Ziyech

Rio Ferdinand explained what Frank Lampard told him about Hakim Ziyech, and what the Chelsea manager really likes about his new creative outlet.

His two assists in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United mean Ziyech now has a goal and three assists from just two starts (four appearances) in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old has been the focal point in Chelsea’s attack in the last few games.

He has the confidence to pick those killer passes regardless of how tight the defence in front of him may be.

According to Ferdinand, that is exactly what Lampard really likes about the former Ajax ace.

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The former Manchester United defender told FIVE Youtube Channel: “I spoke to Frank [Lampard] just after he [Ziyech] signed and he picked up his injury and he was majorly disappointed.

“He [Lampard] said: ‘Rio this guy is the guy that can unlock things. If it’s tight in a game, he’s the one especially away from home in the big games he can unlock things’.

“He has the personality, he wants to try things. He can give it away six times on the bounce but he’ll still try that outlandish pass to create an opening.

“That’s what Frank likes and that’s what the team needed.”

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Ferdinand even argued that Ziyech may have had “the best left foot in the league”.

“For a forward, for Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, and the others, they must be looking back and thinking: ‘I’ll make a run, this guy will find me’,” he added.

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