Opinion: Hakim Ziyech can be the inspiration behind Chelsea lifting the title

Lane Dias November 16, 2020
Opinion: Hakim Ziyech can be the inspiration behind Chelsea lifting the title

Chelsea summer signing Hakim Ziyech has dazzled since joining the west London outfit, albeit following a brief spell out with a knee injury.

Since earning his first start in the Champions League, Ziyech has made a major difference for the Blues as an attacking force. He has looked sharp, instinctive and isn’t scared to try something out of the ordinary.

Ziyech certainly has the quality to spearhead the Blues to a sixth Premier League title. His flair, coupled with a potent Chelsea front line, will create plenty of opportunities in front of goal.

His signing could be the difference in the Blues getting back to where they belong – at the league summit.

Bad start for Ziyech

Ziyech picked up his injury during the pre-season friendly at Brighton. It forced the 27-year-old to miss the club’s opening six games in all competitions.

Much to Chelsea fans’ concern, however, he was called by up Morocco for games against Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo. He played 31 minutes against the former, providing an assist.

Unscathed, Ziyech returned to club duties and made successive substitute appearances against Southampton, Sevilla and Manchester United.

However, he was unable to make a telling impact off the bench. The club failed to win any of the three matches.

Ziyech takes his Chelsea chance

Chelsea lacked spark in those matches, leading many Blues fans to call for Ziyech to start.

Frank Lampard responded – Ziyech was in the XI against Krasnodar in the Champions League. Ziyech responded, in turn, by netting and impressing during the 4-0 victory.

He has been a marvel for Lampard’s men since and has been involved in four goals in as many games.

That included two attacking-returns against Burnley. The winger notched an ambitious near-post finish and provided an assist for Timo Werner to seal the points.

The Moroccan then created six chances against Sheffield United, providing two assists, as the Blues came from behind to win 4-1.

Ziyech finds cutting edge

In a Chelsea side that’s hungry for goals, Ziyech is a provider. With Werner (eight goals this campaign) making instinctive runs in behind the defence, you can bet on Ziyech being able to find the pass.

He is unphased by making mistakes and will often attempt the audacious to create a decisive opportunity. This bodes well for the strikers, who will want to get into the right areas of the pitch.

Chelsea know they have to find another level to beat the league’s best teams. However, in Ziyech they have plenty of gears to go through.

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