Hakim Ziyech's Chelsea debut can't come soon enough for Frank Lampard

Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea debut can’t come soon enough for Frank Lampard… the winger’s creativity and vision will unlock Timo Werner’s electric runs and allow the Blues’ new-look attack to finally take off

  • Chelsea supporters are relishing the debut of new signing Hakim Ziyech
  • Ziyech missed Chelsea’s first four league matches through a knee injury
  • However, Frank Lampard is set to unleash the winger against Southampton
  • Ziyech should provide the Blues with much-needed creativity and vision 

After Chelsea wrapped up mega-money deals for Timo Werner and Kai Havertz this summer, Hakim Ziyech’s earlier arrival in a £37million deal quietly took a backseat.

Frank Lampard was quick to complete the business with Ajax to bring the Moroccan winger to Stamford Bridge, realising the need for more creativity up top to help an exciting attack flourish. 

But while Lampard had dreams in his head of linking Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Werner and Havertz up top together for Chelsea, those visions quickly died early on after the former sustained a knee injury in pre-season against Brighton.

Hakim Ziyech will provide that much-needed creativity and vision to Chelsea’s new-look attack

Ziyech missed Chelsea’s first four league games after sustaining a knee injury in pre-season


Ziyech subsequently missed the first four Premier League matches of the season, and his absence has clearly hindered the Blues’ new-look attack.

Chelsea have endured a mixed start to the 2020-21 campaign, losing at home to last season’s champions Liverpool and drawing to newly-promoted West Brom, but their 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace has boosted the supporters’ hopes once again.

Chelsea will be desperate to kick on starting against Southampton on Saturday, and really get their fresh era going with their star-studded attack which has struggled to take off just yet.

And the perfect solution for Lampard might just be around the corner, with Ziyech ready to be unleashed against the Saints after returning from injury after playing a starring role in Morocco’s victory over Senegal during the international break.

Ziyech’s introduction at Stamford Bridge can’t come soon enough and his numbers for Ajax highlight exactly why Lampard is desperate for the winger to get going in west London.

Fellow new boy Timo Werner should flourish playing alongside Ziyech at Stamford Bridge

At Ajax, the 27-year-old had outgrown Eredivisie, producing some incredible numbers – managing a brilliant 82 assists and scoring 48 goals in just 165 appearances. 

So far, Chelsea’s build-up play has looked laborious and slow, with Werner and Havertz still trying to find their feet in the Premier League after joining from Germany in the summer.  

Werner has been making smart runs in behind opposition defences but his team-mates have struggled to pick him out, leaving the Germany international a lonely man up top. 

But Ziyech’s return should unlock Werner’s special ability and allow Chelsea’s attack to flourish as they look to lay down a marker in the Premier League.

Ziyech’s cameo against Brighton in pre-season showed exactly what the Blues have missed out on during the embryonic stage of the new campaign.

It took less than five minutes for Ziyech to work his magic and Werner to show his cutting edge in front of goal.

Kai Havertz will also be hoping to kick on alongside Ziyech at Stamford Bridge

After picking up the ball on the right-hand side of Brighton’s half, Ziyech floated in a pinpoint in-swinging cross straight into the path of an unmarked Callum Hudson-Odoi, who inadvertently headed it towards Werner to slot home. 

Just like that, Ziyech had unlocked Brighton’s defence with real ease and Chelsea fans were relishing what was to come in the Premier League. 

But an injury early on in the second half at the Amex Stadium quickly dented Chelsea excitement and their fans have been made to wait to see Ziyech strut his stuff in the Premier League. 

However, his return – coinciding with the comeback of Pulisic following a hamstring injury sustained against Arsenal in last season’s FA Cup final defeat – couldn’t have come at a better time. 

With the Champions League commencing next week – Chelsea start their campaign at home to Sevilla – before travelling to Manchester United in the top-flight, Lampard really needs his attack to step up to the plate.

Ziyech shone on his Chelsea debut vs Brighton before his injury during the pre-season friendly

And opposition defences should be fearful, with Ziyech and Pulisic on either wing –  cutting in and inter-changing – they will cause havoc in the Premier League thanks to their guile and direct approach.

Put Werner and Havertz into that equation, and Chelsea really do boost one of the most fearful attacks in Europe. 

Ziyech and Pulisic’s return to full fitness will certainly get the best out of Werner and get him up and running in the Premier League, while Havertz will be able to shine making runs late into the penalty area with those working their magic alongside him.

If Southampton want to take anything away from Stamford Bridge on Saturday, they will have to produce a heroic performance against Chelsea’s fearsome attack.  

And the same could be said for most teams facing Chelsea this season… 

Frank Lampard will be eager for Chelsea’s new-look attack to flourish against Southampton

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