Anyone who watched Hakim Ziyech play for Ajax knows his quality and class. However, there were question raised as to his ability to adapt to the English Premier League. In England, defenders are tougher, stronger, and faster, and of course there is the proverbial ‘can he do it on a cold rainy night in stoke’ question.
Hakim Ziyech is not the strongest player, and he is not the fastest either, but it’s what he can on the ball that is so inspiring. His left foot is magical, and he has the ability to deliver some passes most player can’t even think about.
It’s not only his vision, but his technique and execution; he sees things that no one else sees, but he also has the skill set to complete them. His exhibition in Blues’ match against Sheffield United on Saturday was nothing short of extraordinary.
Against Sheffield United last night, Ziyech was at the heart of Chelsea’s best work even apart from the expert crossing that delivered goals for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva. In total, he created six chances.
Not only the most of any player on the pitch and more than the entre Sheffield United team put together, buy equalling the record set so far this term by playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s opening game of the campaign.
First, his excellent through pass to pick out Mateo Kovacic in behind, who then played it to Tammy Abraham for the first goal. Then came his telegraph long-distance cross to Ben Chilwell, with a pass so perfect that all the left-back had to do was prod it home with his knee to extended Chelsea lead before half-time.
Lastly, Thiago Silva converted his brilliant corner kick delivery to make it 3-1 which settled the game. His impressive performances also featured an outrageous piece of skill on the wing, and yet another perfect ball to Timo Werner, who squandered the opportunity before the German hitman scoring one of his own minutes later.
With a string of incredible exhibitions on the ball, Hakim Ziyech is beginning to establish himself as a English Premier League star. Hopefully, he can keep it up and continue to amaze fans all over the world.