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Sports The Wizard of west London: Ziyech is already working his magic at Chelsea

19:05  01 november  2020
19:05  01 november  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Chelsea ace Hakim Ziyech quickly bewitched Frank Lampard with his "inner confidence" and now Ajax's former wizard is already working his magic The transition from Dutch football to the Premier League is difficult for some but after belatedly making his Chelsea debut, Hakim Ziyech has wasted

Chelsea ace Hakim Ziyech quickly bewitched Frank Lampard with his "inner confidence" and now Ajax's former wizard is already working his magic The transition from Dutch football to the Premier League is difficult for some but after belatedly making his Chelsea debut, Hakim Ziyech has wasted

The transition from Dutch football to the Premier League is difficult for some but after belatedly making his Chelsea debut, Hakim Ziyech has wasted little time in quickly becoming a star at Stamford Bridge.

The winger agreed a summer move to west London during the January transfer window and played his final match for Ajax on March 7.

However, he missed the start of the 2020-21 season through injury and only made his first appearance for his new club on October 17, coming on as a late substitute against Southampton.

Just two weeks on, though, and Ziyech has become the first Chelsea player to score on his first two starts for the club since Diego Costa in 2014.

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Ziyech has since recovered and made his first start for the club in the 4-0 away win over Krasnodar in the Champions League. He marked the occasion with a goal and Lampard is glad to have the Morocco international amongst his options. Article continues below.

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And even though Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham were all on the field at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, it was the 27-year-old who stole the show in a 3-0 win at Burnley.

Chelsea needed their £37 million ($47m) signing to step up to the mark, too, with Christian Pulisic having been injured in the warm-up.

Ziyech opened the scoring with a neat finish after a brilliant move involving Werner and Abraham and, after Kurt Zouma had doubled the visitors' advantage with a powerful header from a Mason Mount corner, the Morocco international slipped Werner in to complete to scoring.

It was quite the performance from a player that has only just returned to action, especially when one considers that he had also played a pivotal role in the 4-0 win over Krasnodar just three days previously.

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Hakim Ziyech nets his first Premier League goal as Chelsea cruise to victory over winless Burnley at Turf Moor. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he is "really excited" by Hakim Ziyech after the new arrival grabbed a goal and an assist in a comfortable victory over winless Burnley at Turf Moor.

Hakim Ziyech netted the opener on his first Premier League start as Chelsea piled the misery on Ziyech had been mobbed by his team-mates after firing in the first, and only, goal of the encounter After conceding three to West Brom and Southampton, Lampard has now seen his team keep four

"It’s always difficult after European games," Ziyech told the BBC after the win in Burnley. "I think we had a good game, started well and didn’t really have problems at all. Burnley had one chance at the beginning, but after that we controlled the game.

"It’s been a good week for me. Hopefully, it can continue. You need to play with confidence and not be afraid to make mistakes. But I feel good and feel at home. Otherwise, it won't go how it's supposed to go. Everything is fine here."

That will be music to the ears of everyone at Chelsea. There were never any doubts over the technical ability of a player known as 'The Wizard' at Ajax.

However, it always seemed strange that even though 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 of Europe's richest clubs. Instead, it was the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt who secured high-profile transfers.

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Hakim Ziyech strokes Chelsea in front with his first Premier League goalCredit: AP:Associated Press. Quite a load to carry, you would have thought, given The Bridge boss also says he needs players who believe they can live up to his challenge of bringing he title back to West London for the first

Hakim Ziyech can have on his squad after his impressive first competitive start for Chelsea in the The boss was impressed with Ziyech ’s first start since March and has detailed how his profile can ‘He’s been an absolute dream in terms of to work with. He made himself feel at home in a really short

There was a suspicion that Ziyech might not be right for one of the 'Big Five' leagues. However, he has made a mockery of that idea. Indeed, his transfer fee is already looking like a bargain.

Ziyech has quickly has quickly shown that not only has he the talent and temperament to fit in at a big club, he can also play Lampard's high-intensity pressing game, winning the ball back more times (six) than any other player in the midweek win at Krasnodar.

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As one of the few natural right-wingers in the Chelsea squad, his availability also makes Lampard more willing to deploy the 4-3-3 formation which has seen resulted in two high-scoring victories after back-to-back 0-0 draws.

While he was injured, Lampard was already enjoying the unique personality of a player whose "inner confidence" made him a "dream to manage".

Ziyech's time away from the field saw him build relationships with the physios at Cobham Training Centre, as he recovered from the knee injury he sustained in Chelsea's one and only pre-season friendly, against Brighton.

Now he's showcasing his character and people skills on the field, forming what could be formidable understandings with the likes of Werner.

And the good news is that he's only getting started. There's even more to come from Ziyech.

His crossing ability, confidence to take a ball in tight areas and set-piece acumen give Chelsea options that they simply didn't have last season.

For example, the Blues scored just two goals from 39 attempted headers in 2019-20; that figure should rise considerably this term, given Ziyech's dead-ball accuracy.

He's already been a breath of fresh air off the field and is now proving a match-winner on it.

It hasn't taken long at all for Ajax's former wizard to work his magic in west London.

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