Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he always had high expectations of new man Hakim Ziyech, after the Moroccan continued his fine form with a goal and an assist against winless Burnley on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has had to be patient for a starting berth having only recently returned from a knee injury suffered in pre-season, yet already looks like a superb acquisition after some exciting early displays.
The former Ajax man made his first start in the 4-0 win over Krasnodar in the Champions League on Wednesday night and scored his first goal for the club with a neat finish into the bottom corner.
Ziyech was once again pulling the strings in an excellent Chelsea display yesterday at Turf Moor and became the first Blues player since Diego Costa to score on his first two starts in all competitions for the club.
Those types of showings are no doubt what attracted the club to him in the first place, with the Moroccan international putting in some exhilarating displays in the Champions League over the last few seasons for Ajax.
While it’s still only early days, the playmaker looks to be an excellent addition to Lampard’s side and the former England international has revealed he was expecting a lot from the player having admired his qualities from afar and now on a day-to-day basis.
‘I expected a lot of him because I was very aware of his qualities – his eye for a pass, receiving, crossing and making assists but what I’ve seen as well since he’s been here is his personality when he plays,” Lampard told his post-match press conference.
‘He wants the ball, his work-rate off the ball is very good as well and he’s brought those qualities and given us a big boost.
‘Two games in a few days was a test after being out for so long but it’s been a really good start for him.’