Frank Lampard rates Hakim Ziyech’s debut as he admits to “hard” start at Chelsea

Frank Lampard has issued his thoughts on the progress of Hakim Ziyech at Chelsea.

The Morocco international joined the Blues from Ajax in the summer as part of their huge spending spree, but had to wait to make his first-team bow due to a pre-season injury blow.

The 27-year-old played for 18 minutes as Chelsea lost their lead at Stamford Bridge yesterday, but Lampard saw enough to suggest that the winger will play a key role further down the line.

The former Derby boss said: “It’s hard, it’s hard because we are trying to find minutes for him.

Hakim Ziyech made his Chelsea debut against Southampton
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“He’s not ready to start a game yet, he’s pretty open about that in how he feels.

“But with Premier League games it’s hard to make those sorts of judgments going into a game.

“He came on for his 20 minutes or so and think he showed his moments of class and calmness on the ball which you are going to see more of.

“But it’s unfortunate for us he comes on and obviously unfortunate for us he comes on and we don’t win the game.”

Hakim Ziyech replaced Mason Mount to get some much-needed minutes
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With Ziyech adding: “It means a lot and I’m very happy about it, but it is not the debut we all hoped for.

“Of course it will take time but we also don’t have time, because the games are coming really quick.

“So we have to learn quick. Of course, these are the moments we learn from.

“We’ve trained a lot and you can feel that there is something, it just takes time to let it work.”

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have been far from their best so far this season
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