Despite getting injured in his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt against Brighton at the Amex Stadium in a friendly fixture, Hakim Ziyech has taken every competition by storm since he made his first start for the Stamford Bridge Blues against Krasnodar in the Champions League.
The former Ajax man pledged his future to the West London club shortly after the winter transfer window closed last year. Ziyech only recently returned to the pitch after a lengthy spell away from the pitch as the Eredivisie was canceled.
By any and all standards, the Moroccan international has achieved a brilliant start for Chelsea and was incredible in Chelsea’s most recent victory against Sheffield United where he assisted Ben Chilwell’s goal with his ‘wand of a left foot’ as Ashley Cole says.
He has five goal contributions to his name in all competitions for Chelsea already and has been influential in all of his starts for the club. The former Ajax man has adapted very well to life in West London.
His amazing performances for Chelsea have attracted praise from Chelsea legend Ashley Cole, who has tipped the midfielder for great success in a Chelsea shirt. Cole admitted that the 27-year-old’s ability to pass the ball made him want to come out of retirement himself.
‘When Ziyech gets the ball on his left foot it begs for runs, he’s such a talented boy,’
‘If I was playing with him I’d always be looking to get in behind.
‘I would love to play with someone with that quality. I had the pleasure to play with Lampard who used to find me in behind.
‘But as soon as Ziyech opens up and gets it out on that cultured left foot, I’m making runs behind because he’s got a wand of a left foot.’
‘We saw the quality at Ajax last year and in the Champions League but he’s gone under the radar due to the injury,’ Cole added.
‘When he’s come back he looks fit and looks like he’s enjoying the way Frank plays. He’s using that left foot wand to perfection at times.’
Life in West London is only beginning for the Wizard of Amsterdam, and with consistent performances going forward, Ziyech could surely become the Wizard of Stamford Bridge as well.
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