Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says it’s a joy to work with new signing Hakim Ziyech who started his first competitive game for Chelsea against Krasnodar in the Champions League three days ago.
The Morrocan started as a right-winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation but despite playing as a number 10 in some matches for his former club Ajax, Lampard believes he will play more as a right-winger for Chelsea this season.
“With Hakim, we have the potential to bring in someone with a real different quality to what we’ve had here in recent years in terms of a left-footed right-sided player, which is his main position for me,” Lampard said, as quoted by Chelsea website.
“At Ajax, I know he played as a number 10 and he can do that for us if we want to play him there but he does it in a way where he is very much about opening up chances for others with his crossing ability and his final pass.
“I was struck by the inner confidence in him, which I love, and we need that,’ added the boss. ‘We need confidence in players and personalities that they believe they should be here and they want to offer something.
“He’s been an absolute dream in terms of to work with. He made himself feel at home in a really short space of time so I think he’s going to be a big plus for us, not just on the pitch but around the pitch as well. I can see it already.”
Ziyech is expected to be in Chelsea’s starting XI when the Blues take on Burnley in the Premier League later today.