When Chelsea won the Premier League title in 2015, they did so by adding Cesc Fabregas to their squad for an instant boost in creativity and goalscoring.
In Hakim Ziyech, it looks like they may have made a similar instant improvement. It didn’t take him a single minute to settle in, picking up an assist in a friendly on his debut, and then a series of goals and assists in the games since.
Goal.com have some interesting quotes from Fabregas, the last man with the “magic hat” mantle, where he says that the Morocco star can make a similar impact to the one he had back in 2014:
“[Ziyech] is a very good player. He has this vision that you need in a top team like Chelsea, who want to win and be champions,” the Spaniard explained.
“You could see that they were lacking ideas last season and maybe at the beginning of this season, but with Ziyech, you can see that he has this last pass.”
We still wouldn’t expect Frank Lampard’s team to win the league this season, but there’s no question that the former Ajax man has elite level creativity and productivity in the final third, and that we’re infinitely closer to contending properly with him in the team.