In a summer of spending that signalled real ambition for Frank Lampard and Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech’s arrival from Ajax for around £35m was not the headline act. Nevertheless, few other Premier League signings have looked so instantly at home as Ziyech has at Stamford Bridge, and he has quickly shown he has the potential to make a sustained impact. Lampard, keen to create an environment in which the Moroccan can reproduce the form that helped Ajax reach the 2018/19 Champions League semi final, has immediately been impressed.
“With Hakim, we have brought in someone with a real different quality to what we’ve had here in recent years – a left-footed right-sided player,” Lampard said. “He plays in a way that is very much about opening up chances for others with his crossing ability and his final pass. He’s got great confidence and he is a dream to work with.”