Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has paid tribute to new signing Hakim Ziyech, labelling his pass to Timo Werner which set up the German’s goal against Burnley “an overlooked moment of genius”. Ziyech enjoyed an excellent first Premier League start for the Blues, scoring the opener to go with his assist.
And Nevin is a big fan of Ziyech, who joined Chelsea from Ajax in a £36m deal, claiming he is “an even better player than I thought he was”.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Nevin claimed his pass for Werner’s goal would have made assist kings Kevin De Bruyne and Cesc Fabregas ‘proud’.
“The one thing over the past week that has knocked me out has been the performance of Hakim Ziyech”, he said.
“In two games he has proved to be an even better player than I thought he was, and I thought he was very good anyway.
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“That ability to see crucial through balls and be able to play them at the right time and the right pace in between packed defences is something we really needed to add to our arsenal.
“His pass to Timo Werner for the third goal was an overlooked moment of genius. Anyone from Kevin De Bruyne to Cesc Fabregas would have been proud of that assist.
“It wasn’t his only moment of fabulous vision. The two goals in two games had the look of a natural finisher about them.
“He doesn’t panic when he is in the box, he is in total control of the situation, a sure sign of a very good player.
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“The creativity is a given then, but most Chelsea fans and definitely the gaffer will have noticed his work-rate, too. His closing down and efforts to win the ball back high up the field were top class.
“Again I will be honest and admit that I wasn’t expecting that level of work-rate, but it looks very much like the right team spirit is in his make-up and it is not just the early efforts of a new player trying to impress.”
Nevin also praised new signing Thiago Silva and his influence on what was a leaky defence last season.
The Brazilian looks to have formed a partnership with Kurt Zouma at centre-back and the Blues have not conceded a single goal since their 3-3 draw with Southampton.
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“Surely by now every Chelsea fan has figured out just how special, calm and talented Thiago Silva is”, Nevin added.
“It is a pleasure to watch him every week and he is certainly having a huge effect on the form of Kurt Zouma; the big man has even decided to go on a scoring spree to add to his dominant displays at the back.
“Three goals in six Premier League games would be a good average for most strikers.
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