Mason Mount has explained the different quality Hakim Ziyech brings to the Chelsea team.
It comes after his stellar display against Burnley, with the Morocco international grabbing a goal and an assist in a 3-0 victory.
It has taken Frank Lampard a little longer than he would have hoped but Saturday was a chance to see all of his new signings in action.
Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Ziyech all played against the Clarets.
But the latter could be the most integral while Mount has revealed the unique quality the former Ajax star brings to the fold.
“We know what he can do on the ball and what he brings to the team,” the England international said.
Mount was full of praise for Ziyech
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“World class player, obviously coming in and scoring the other night [against Krasnodar] and scoring on his Premier League debut. He’s a brilliant player.
“He’s a joy to play with, very clever on the ball, he brings a lot to the team. He’s a very good player.”
It marks a good week for Ziyech, who has been missing this campaign through injury.
The £34m purchase made his first start for the Blues against Krasnodar in the Champions League where he got on the scoresheet and he followed it up with a fine strike vs Burnley while Lampard revealed he is expecting big things from his summer signing.
“I think I’ve said it a bit now, but he brings a different quality to us with his eye for a pass, receiving, his crossing and everything, his assist-making,” the Chelsea coach said.
Hakim Ziyech got a goal and assist against Burnley
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“I expected a lot of him, because I was very aware of his quality, that’s why we brought him to the club.
“But what I’ve seen since he’s been here as well is his absolute personality when he plays to want the ball.
“His work rate off the ball is very, very good…