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Frank Lampard outlines why ‘dream signing’ Hakim Ziyech is different to rest of Chelsea’s attack

Hakim Ziyech will bring a different dimension to Chelsea’s attack, Frank Lampard has said as the head coach considers giving the former Ajax player his first Premier League start away to Burnley tomorrow afternoon.

The Moroccan, whose debut was delayed by a knee injury, impressed in the Champions League win away to Krasnodar on Wednesday evening and the head coach believes that a player he said has been a “dream to work with” off something different in attack compared to the rest of the squad.

“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 position at Ajax, although I know he played in a No10 and he can definitely do that for us if we want to play a No10.

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“But he does it in a way that he very much about opening up chances for others with his crossing ability and final pass. 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.”

The head coach has also been impressed by Ziyech’s manner on the training ground and his confident demeanour shone through when they first met in the spring after a deal with Ajax had been agreed.

Lampard has previously questioned his squad’s character, notably in last season’s hammering away to Sheffield United. So to have a player who is so assured and carries a swagger that may infuriate some opponents this season is a boost.

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