'With Hakim, we had the potential to bring in someone really different': Lampard on Ziyech's potential to replace Pedro, Willian and Hazard

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'With Hakim, we had the potential to bring in someone really different': Lampard on Ziyech's potential to replace Pedro, Willian and Hazard

"I think he is going to be a big plus for us on the pitch and in and around the pitch I can see it already in the way he has trained and the confidence in the way he has trained with," Frank Lampard said of Hakim Ziyech, as quoted by Goal.

"People always think that personality is just about getting a foot in, shouting and fighting to the end. Of course, you require that in football, but sometimes personality is receiving the ball in tight areas when others don’t want to and taking the confidence to keep getting it and make things happen even if you try a pass that has not got there.

"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.

"We had Pedro last season and [Willian] 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 at Ajax although I know he played in a No.10 and he can definitely do that for us if we want to play a No.10."

Ziyech joined Chelsea from Ajax in the summer. He suffered a knee injury in the pre-season friendly with Brighton that ruled him out of action for around a month.

The Moroccan has featured for the Blues four times this term. He scored his maiden goal for the club in his debut start in the 4-0 win over Krasnodar in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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