BBC pundit hails ‘world class’ Blues star

Winger Hakim Ziyech is already proving to be a world-class player for Chelsea, according to former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill.

The Moroccan set up the first three Blues goals in the 4-1 thrashing of Sheffield United on Saturday and also created numerous other opportunities in a one-sided game at Stamford Bridge.

Tim Cahill said Ziyech, who joined Chelsea from Ajax for £37m earlier this year, takes up intelligent positions and has great vision.

“It was the Hakim Ziyech show,” Cahill added on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme. “He was incredible.

“It’s what he see and the chances he creates for other players. He’s so cultured and there are so many chances that come from his left foot. You can understand why he’s world class and why Chelsea have signed him.

“He can score goals and create. He can see a pass. He is always playing forward so the players know he can play them in.

“I am really impressed with him and you will see amazing things from him this season.”

Ziyech was injured during pre-season and did not make his Chelsea debut until making the first of three consecutive substitute appearances in the 3-3 draw against Southampton.

The 27-year-old has since started all four of Chelsea’s fixtures, making a goalscoring full debut in the 4-0 Champions League win over FK Krasnodar and also scoring in the following match – a 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

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