Former Chelsea star and assist king Cesc Fabregas has hailed the impact of new Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech this season.
The Moroccan started the season late due to injury but has lightened up the league with assists and key passes since his return.
His latest display against Sheffield United last weekend, where he created game-high 6 assists in Chelsea’s 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge got many people talking.
However, Fabregas is convinced Ziyech is the man with the X-Factor Chelsea have been missing since manager Frank Lampard’s arrival.
“He’s a very good player. He has this vision that you need in a top team like Chelsea, who want to win and be champions,” Fabregas told 90min.
“You could see that they were lacking ideas last season and maybe at the beginning of this season, but with Ziyech, you can see that he has this last pass. It’s not only that he sees it, it’s that he makes it right, at the right time. That’s the decision-making that we talk about nowadays.
“Why are coaches so tactical? Because they see the decision-making of the players is not that good, so they always need to teach them what to do. Before, I believe that coaches were not as on top of the players as they are now, they felt that maybe there was not as much need because the players already saw it themselves, but I believe that Ziyech is one of these players.
“He makes things happen, things that when the defenders don’t expect. They don’t expect the pass, you catch them sleeping and you have someone like Timo Werner making great runs in behind. I think this is where Chelsea could be so powerful this year.”
Ziyech, who has been named ‘man of the match’ three times in four starts for Chelsea, completed his £32m move from Ajax Amsterdam to Chelsea this summer.