Nevin compares Ziyech to former Chelsea stars Hazard and Fabregas

Sam Preston November 10, 2020
Nevin compares Ziyech to former Chelsea stars Hazard and Fabregas

Former Chelsea man Pat Nevin raved to the club’s official website about Hakim Ziyech’s performance in the 4-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.

Injury delayed Ziyech’s start to his Chelsea career but he is in full flow now, and that has coincided with an improved period for the Blues.

Nevin compared the Moroccan playmaker to two Chelsea legends in Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

On top of that, he also analysed his connection with team-mates Reece James and Timo Werner.

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“It was a magnificent performance showing little glimpses that reminded you of the best of Eden Hazard at one moment and then Cesc Fabregas’s genius two minutes later,” said Nevin of Ziyech.

“I can already see something special with Reece and Hakim. You might stop one, but that will create space for the other. Timo Werner has obviously figured out that he is a good guy to know.

“Every time Hakim gets the ball, Timo is off haring into space knowing that Hakim can find him nine times out of ten. If that ball is coming in from the right wing, Timo will be on that back post.”

Chelsea landed an exciting array of attacking options in the summer, but they didn’t quite hit the ground running at the very start of the season.

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That’s understandable, given the curtailed pre-season and the fact they all had to adjust to a new country.

Ziyech looks to be coming into his own now, making chances in the same way we saw at Ajax and that is helping Werner grow in confidence.

With Kai Havertz still to hit form and Christian Pulisic not fit yet, it’s clear there’s still more to come from Chelsea.

Frank Lampard will be hoping his frontline can kick on even further after the international break.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.