After a busy summer in the transfer window, it was always going to take time for Chelsea’s new signings to click.
A loss to Liverpool and draws to West Brom, Southampton and Manchester United have demonstrated just that already this season.
But with quality everywhere you look in Frank Lampard’s squad, they’re capable of turning on the style and beating anyone on their day.
They showed that in midweek, travelling to Russia on Wednesday to beat Krasnodar 4-0 in the Champions League.
And on a cold, wet and windy Saturday afternoon in Burnley, the Blues came away with a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Tough place to go? Yeah right…
With new signings Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner all in the starting line-up, Chelsea eased to three points to them up to fourth.
It was a briliant team performance with Ziyech’s first half goal added to by Kurt Zouma and Werner after the break.
But there was one standout player during the 90 minutes - or rather the 73 minutes he spent on the pitch.
We’re talking about Moroccon winger Ziyech.
The 27-year-old has struggled with injury since arriving from Ajax but marked his full Chelsea debut against Krasnodar with a goal and a solid performance.
And he picked up where he left off in Burnley on Saturday with another superb dispaly, scoring and assisting during the 3-0 win.
And a video has emerged of his highlights at Turf Moor - and they’re mightily impressive.
Check them out:
Following Ziyech's first Chelsea goal on Wednesday, his manager, Frank Lampard, praised Ziyech's qualities.
“We had Pedro last season and Willian was a huge player. The year before that we had Eden Hazard. Those sort of players don’t get replaced on a whim," Lampard said.
“With Hakim we had the potential to bring in someone with real different qualities to what we’ve had in recent years in terms of a left-footed, right-sided player, which was his main position position at Ajax.
“I know he also played in a No. 10 and he can definitely do that for us if we want to play a No10.
“But he does it in a way that he very much about opening up chances for others with his crossing ability and final pass.
“He’s not necessarily a winger who is going to fly past players all the time, albeit that is in his game. He can find a pass and sometimes last season I felt we lacked that when we were playing against low-block defences.
“We saw a bit of his quality and personality against Krasnodar. The idea of receiving the ball and turning, facing forward and finding that pass before teams are set, that is what I’m excited about to see from Hakim.
“I really like him as a personality. I had conversations with him very early when we signed him and was struck by his confidence. There is an inner confidence which I love. We needed that.
“We need players with confidence and personality who believe they should be here and want to offer something. He has been an absolute dream to work with.
“Sometimes you see the best of players when they are injured because he was so excited to come here and hit the ground running and got his injury in pre-season and his work ethic in the gym, interaction with the physios, desire to get fit and to form relationships in the group.
“He had played at a good level and I watched him in a lot of the Champions League games for Ajax so I knew he had the ability to play at this level but I get what you are saying it is not an easy league. I have said that about other players and I can’t take Hakim out of that either.
“I need players who can try and make that pass and try to bring us up a level. Hakim showed that at Krasnodar and that is part of the reason he settled - and it was his first start – is because of his mindset.”
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