Frank Lampard believes that Hakim Ziyech could be instrumental in filling the void left by Eden Hazard and Pedro.
Chelsea saw the exit of Eden Hazard in 2019, along with Pedro and Willian in 2020 – leaving a gap to be fulfilled. But Ziyech could be the solution to this problem.
Chelsea boss Lampard said: “We had Pedro last season and Willi was a huge player. The year before that we had Eden Hazard. Those sort of players don’t get replaced on a whim.
“With Hakim we had the potential to bring in someone with real different qualities to what we’ve had in recent years in terms of a left-footed, right-sided player, which was his main position position at Ajax.
“I know he also played in a No. 10 and he can definitely do that for us if we want to play a No10.
“But he does it in a way that he very much about opening up chances for others with his crossing ability and final pass.
“He’s not necessarily a winger who is going to fly past players all the time, albeit that is in his game. He can find a pass and sometimes last season I felt we lacked that when we were playing against low-block defences.
“We saw a bit of his quality and personality against Krasnodar. The idea of receiving the ball and turning, facing forward and finding that pass before teams are set, that is what I’m excited about to see from Hakim.”