Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has asked new signing Hakim Ziyech not to pay attention to the comparisons between him and former blues favorite Eden Hazard.
Lampard’s side struggled to fill the void Hazard’s move to Real Madrid had left in the summer of 2019, but Ziyech has provided Chelsea with creativity this season, scoring one goal and three assists in their first five games in the league.
It has resulted in some fans comparing the two players, with Ziyech already picking up his own cult following after some stellar performances, but Lampard was determined to avoid making comparisons at such an early stage in his Chelsea career.
« It is very difficult to fill a player with Eden Hazard’s talents one-on-one, » admitted Lampard (via the Daily Mail). . « His contribution to the club was enormous. To lose that, you have to try to find a way with the transfer ban last year. It was more about the younger players and how we can become more efficient as a team.
« I think we took really good steps on that front and now, with the players we brought in, I would hate to give any of them the job or the idea that you have to replace Eden. « . You have to focus on yourself.
« I remember Eden’s first or second year at Chelsea. It was clear what a great player he was going to be, but it also took time to become that great player that we all now know and love as Chelsea people.
« The players we all brought with us have the potential, in their own way, to find the way to show how much they can give to the club, but I certainly won’t blame them for Eden Hazard comparisons. They have to do it their own way. «
Still, Lampard didn’t get a chance to praise Ziyech, who is already on the Blues assistant charts and has the best ratio of chances per game at the club this season.
« He made a big impression, » said Lampard. « I was impressed with him in every way. He delivered on the pitch and in a short time.
« This is one of the reasons I brought him to the club. I thought he could be a real talent and bring something different to his style and way of playing. So far he has shown that and I expect him to show more. «
Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Chelsea F. . C.. . , Premier League
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