Ian Wright rates Chelsea’s transfer deal for Hakim Ziyech and sends message to Tammy Abraham
It was confirmed on Thursday that Chelsea had agreed a £36.6million deal to sign Morocco international Ziyech from Ajax in the summer.
‘The thing with Ziyech is that he’s one of those creative players and when you watch Chelsea, especially at home, I think they were expecting a bit more for their creative players,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.
‘And then because of what Eden Hazard did for them, they had one particular player who in that role could make something happen.
‘I think it’s a brilliant signing. If he can hit anywhere near the form [he’s shown for Ajax] it’s a fantastic signing.’
Abraham enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, scoring seven goals in his first seven appearances, but has only contributed two goals in his last nine matches.
Wright expects the England international to benefit from the arrival of Ziyech, adding: ‘I think it’s dried up for Tammy from a creative point of view.
‘When you watched them at home, some of the balls into the box had not been good enough. He’s kind of working of scraps and he looks like he’s a little bit anxious.’
Blues boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, has expressed his delight at the signing of Ziyech, telling Sky Sports on Friday: ‘I think he’s a fantastic player.
‘He first came into my eye-line in their [Ajax’s] run in the Champions League last year. I thought he was one of their standout players, particularly in their games against Tottenham.
‘We’ve come up against them twice this season so I know a lot about him. I know about his qualities.
‘He’s got a great left foot and plays generally off the right-hand side but can play behind the front man.
‘Probably when you look at us this season there have been games where we may have maybe struggled to unlock the door.
‘He’s certainly a player we hope can bring that bit of creativity and something different for us.
‘He scores goals, assists. I know it’s not coming now but I think it’s exciting for us as a club and the fans to know that he’ll be here next year.’
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