Hakim Ziyech backed to continue performances of ‘immense quality’ as Frank Lampard heaps praise on Chelsea winger
Oct. 29, 2020
Frank Lampard has backed Hakim Ziyech to get even better after delivering a performance of ‘immense quality’ in Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar on Wednesday evening.
The Morocco winger, a £33million arrival from Ajax in the summer, capped a fine full debut with a goal in Russia as the Blues coasted to their first Champions League Group E victory.
Ziyech was making his first start since March due to the coronavirus shutdown and a nagging knee injury.
And now Lampard expects the 27-year-old to keep proving his top-level credentials, as he warms to his Stamford Bridge task.
“Hakim Ziyech has worked really hard to be fit, and I was very excited to get his quality into the team,” said Chelsea boss Lampard .
“He brought a lot of quality and calmness when he was on the pitch, and got a well-deserved goal.
“His performance was very, very good when you consider he hasn’t started a match since March, when the Dutch league finished.
“It’s been frustrating for him and for us as his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start.
“But what I’ve seen in training and what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality with personality to receive the ball and find assists and goals.
“We saw a lot of glimpses of that, and he will get better.
“We brought him in to do a job, and maybe people had forgotten about him a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season.
“But now he has shown that he is here.”
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