The issue that could hamper Hakim Ziyech’s start to life in the Premier League at Chelsea

It won’t be long at all before Chelsea fans get to see Hakim Ziyech in Premier League action for the first time.

Confirming his arrival from Ajax all the way back in February, it has been a long wait for the 27-year-old to play a competitive game for the Blues.

Ziyech did play his part in Chelsea’s friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday, wowing supporters with his incredible pass that eventually saw Timo Werner open the scoring on the south coast.

Playing a big role in Ajax’s form at home and across Europe over the past couple of years, the Moroccan will be expected to replicate his performances in the Premier League for his new club.

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While he has all the attributes to be a huge success in the top flight over the coming years, ex-Chelsea man Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes that he may struggle physically to begin with.

“Hakim Ziyech is very creative, has an excellent left foot, is very good at set pieces and I expect a lot of assists from him,” the Dutchman told Gentingbet.

“He’s got that aura around him in that he wants the ball. He wants that responsibility, he’s not afraid to score goals.

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“Physically, he’ll possibly have a problem in the beginning, so he has to be smarter with his physical ability.

“But he is a silky, beautiful player and something that Chelsea don’t have – a midfielder with a left foot who can bring something different.”

With Ziyech the first summer arrival at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has added a further four players to his squad including Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

Hakim Ziyech during a Chelsea training session
(Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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