Former Chelsea player Ashley Cole is excited by the link up between Hakim Ziyech and Reece James.
Hakim Ziyech has a peach of a left foot which allows him to cut in from the right. At that point, he can choose to dribble in, take a shot, send a cross or pass the ball inside. Add to that the overlapping run of James, who is a potent crosser of the ball, Ziyech gets an extra dimension of space to pass the ball down the channel where James is found waiting.
It allows the Chelsea attack from the right to create a lot of threat. There academy coach Cole has now heaped praise on the duo and Ziyech’s abilities.
Cole told Chelsea’s website: “The relationship they had in the game, they are starting to really forge a good partnership.
“Ziyech likes to pop inside and give James the space to attack which is a strength of his, and it is difficult to mark when you come into those little pockets and little areas.
“Then when Ziyech gets on his left foot, he has great runners like Timo Werner who loves to run off the centre-back’s shoulder with the quality that he has, so it is exciting watching them in attacking form.
“But also I am happy that yes, Chelsea conceded a goal, but they are definitely looking defensively stronger and more solid as a unit now.”