The Morocco worldwide rapidly bewitched Frank Lampard together with his “internal confidence” however now he is additionally excelling on the sector
The transition from Dutch soccer to the Premier League is tough for some however after belatedly making his Chelsea debut, Hakim Ziyech has wasted little time in rapidly changing into a star at Stamford Bridge.
The winger agreed a summer time transfer to west London in the course of the January switch window and performed his ultimate match for Ajax on March 7.
Nevertheless, he missed the beginning of the 2020-21 season by harm and solely made his first look for his new membership on October 17, approaching as a late substitute in opposition to Southampton.
Simply two weeks on, although, and Ziyech has turn out to be the primary Chelsea participant to attain on his first two begins for the membership since Diego Costa in 2014.
And although Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham had been all on the sector at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, it was the 27-year-old who stole the present in a 3-0 win at Burnley.
Ziyech opened the scoring with a neat end after an excellent transfer involving Werner and Abraham and, after Kurt Zouma had doubled the guests’ benefit with a robust header from a Mason Mount nook, the Morocco worldwide slipped Werner in to finish to scoring.
It was fairly the efficiency from a participant that has solely simply returned to motion, particularly when one considers that he had additionally performed a pivotal function within the 4-0 win over Krasnodar simply three days beforehand.
“It’s all the time tough after European video games,” Ziyech told the BBC after the win in Burnley. “I feel we had recreation, began properly and didn’t actually have issues in any respect. Burnley had one probability originally, however after that we managed the sport.
“It’s been week for me. Hopefully, it could possibly proceed. You might want to play with confidence and never be afraid to make errors. However I really feel good and really feel at residence. In any other case, it will not go the way it’s alleged to go. Every little thing is ok right here.”
That will likely be music to the ears of everybody at Chelsea. There have been by no means any doubts over the technical means of a participant generally known as ‘The Wizard’ at Ajax.
Nevertheless, it all the time appeared unusual that although Ziyech had been integral to Ajax’s run to the semi-finals of the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, he wasn’t snapped up by one in every of Europe’s richest golf equipment. As an alternative, it was the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt who secured high-profile transfers.
There was a suspicion that Ziyech may not be proper for one of many ‘Huge 5’ leagues. Nevertheless, he has made a mockery of that concept. Certainly, his switch charge is already wanting like a discount.
Ziyech has rapidly has rapidly proven that not solely has he the expertise and temperament to slot in at an enormous membership, he also can play Lampard’s high-intensity urgent recreation, profitable the ball again extra instances (six) than another participant within the midweek win at Krasnodar.
As one of many few pure right-wingers within the Chelsea squad, his availability additionally makes Lampard extra prepared to deploy the 4-3-3 formation which has seen resulted in two high-scoring victories after back-to-back 0-0 attracts.
Ziyech’s time away from the sector noticed him construct relationships with the physios at Cobham Coaching Centre, as he recovered from the knee harm he sustained in Chelsea’s one and solely pre-season pleasant, in opposition to Brighton.
Now he is showcasing his character and other people abilities on the sector, forming what could possibly be formidable understandings with the likes of Werner.
And the excellent news is that he is solely getting began. There’s much more to come back from Ziyech.
His crossing means, confidence to take a ball in tight areas and set-piece acumen give Chelsea choices that they merely did not have final season.
For instance, the Blues scored simply two objectives from 39 tried headers in 2019-20; that determine ought to rise significantly this time period, given Ziyech’s dead-ball accuracy.
He is already been a breath of contemporary air off the sector and is now proving a match-winner on it.
It hasn’t taken lengthy in any respect for Ajax’s former wizard to work his magic in west London.