Frank Lampard is excited to finally get the chance to use technically gifted Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech at Chelsea this season.
The 27-year-old officially signed for Chelsea in earlier of this year, but saw out the rest of the 2019/20 campaign with Ajax before arriving when the transfer window opened.
However, the Morocco international is yet to make his debut for the club after picking up a knee injury in the pre-season friendly against Brighton.
But now, after making a substitute appearance for his country during the international break, Hakim Ziyech is finally ready to make his competitive club debut.
The Blues boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that Ziyech will only start on the bench against Southampton this afternoon, but is hoping the winger will bring his attacking players all together.
‘We brought Hakim here and it feels like along time ago now, but he also hasn’t played since the Dutch league finished during lockdown,’ Frank Lampard said.
‘It’s a long time and he’s worked so hard, he’s been fantastic in terms of his professionalism to get fit, and he looks really good in training. I’ve got a really open relationship with him to know where he’s at, and how I feel about it. So it’s just game minutes that we need now.
‘But yes of course I’m excited to get him in and around it, to bring what we brought him to the club for. Which is the opportunity to create chances for us, to be the talented player that he is and we saw at Ajax. And I look forward to seeing him play.
‘It’s a combination of things. If you bring in players, you’re always looking to build relationships all over the pitch whether it be full backs and wingers, strikers and people playing behind them. Midfield players. Combinations with centre backs, goalkeepers, the back four.
‘Those things can only be worked on. When we didn’t have a lot of these players fit or ready, the ones we brought in. Now we’re seeing they are starting to get fit and with time on the training ground, relationships on and off the pitch can grow.
‘We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re not the end product. Other teams have shown in the last two or three years how long and the work it takes to become one of the top teams in the world and we have to do it in our own way.
‘We’re at the start of that journey in a lot of ways. We’re working and it continues all the time to improve.’