“I informed you so,” says Hans de Jong, Hakim Ziyech’s former youth-team coach at Heerenveen.
He has simply witnessed Ziyech’s gorgeous efficiency in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United, a victory orchestrated by the membership’s new signing from Ajax. One fantastic left boot delivering two assists to assist Frank Lampard’s facet safe one other three essential factors.
“He appears very comfy and relaxed,” De Jong tells Sky Sports activities.
“The opposite gamers recognise his qualities and that’s essential.”
How may they not recognise it? Ziyech was on the coronary heart of Chelsea’s greatest work even aside from the knowledgeable crossing that delivered objectives for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.
In whole, he created six probabilities. Not solely probably the most of any participant on the pitch and greater than the whole Sheffield United group put collectively, however equalling the document set to date this season by Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester Metropolis’s opening sport of the marketing campaign.
It was Ziyech’s move down the road that penetrated the Sheffield United defence and allowed Mateo Kovacic to search out Tammy Abraham within the centre for Chelsea’s equalising objective too.
Timo Werner had the possibility to make it a hat-trick of assists for the Dutchman, hitting the publish when put via within the second half. He later made amends with the fourth objective.
Frank Lampard can really feel all of it coming collectively.
“Individuals anticipated our attacking gamers to click on on day one of many season, however after all that does not occur,” he informed Sky Sports activities after the sport. “It’s a work in progress, and the motion and the relationships on the pitch is one thing you must work on.
“There are nice indicators, however we have to hold going.”
Ziyech’s transfer to Chelsea was confirmed lengthy earlier than the remainder of the summer time arrivals however he was the final of them to start out a sport for the membership, following an harm in pre-season. Higher focus was on the huge potential of the youthful German duo of Werner and Kai Havertz.
However after having to attend till the final day of October to make his first Premier League line-up, Ziyech has made a huge impact. Chelsea have scored at the least three in all 4 of his begins.
Cole’s view on Ziyech
“He has gone below the radar a bit because of the harm however I feel when he has come again now he appears match and he appears like he’s having fun with the best way that Frank performs and enjoying together with his team-mates,” Ashley Cole informed Sky Sports activities. “He’s utilizing that wand of a left foot to perfection. He’s the one pulling the strings so I feel he’s an enormous participant for Chelsea.”
“He has been a very long time out of soccer with an harm, so to hit the bottom working like he has, it’s a nice signing,” Lampard added. “He is a big plus for us and can proceed to be so.
“We performed in opposition to him within the Champions League final yr and I knew the participant the yr earlier than and he’s a top-class participant. You might see that from afar, however while you work with him, he impresses you much more as you see his persona.”
That persona was evident in his interview after the sport. When it was put to Ziyech that he might need simply been in search of an space when delivering his crosses, he disagreed.
“No, I simply at all times have a look at them earlier than I take the ball,” he informed Sky Sports activities. “I feel solely eye contact is sufficient for us. I’m not afraid to present a move or no matter.”
At 27, Ziyech is late in his profession to be making the step from the Eredivisie to the Premier League. That may generally deliver with it difficulties. However the constructive is that he’s mentally ready for this problem. He’s used to being an enormous participant and prepared for the duty.
“He’s a top-class participant, a really full participant,” mentioned Lampard. “To hit the bottom working the best way he has is a big plus for us. There are some nice left foots within the Premier League, however he provides a lot extra than simply that. I’ve been actually impressed together with his angle.
“He desires to learn about plans for the subsequent opposition.”
It’s the type of angle that would assist Ziyech have an enormous season. The type of angle that would assist Chelsea have an enormous season. He already appears at dwelling within the Premier League.
“I really feel comfy,” he confirmed afterwards.
“He has at all times had this calmness,” provides De Jong. “You might not get him loopy. He considered issues and what he wished.
“That’s fairly good if you are able to do it.”
It’s already obvious to everybody that Ziyech can.