Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has this afternoon discussed the potential knock-on effect of Hakim Ziyech’s imminent arrival at the club.
In something of a bolt-from-the-blue this week, widespread reports began to emerge that Chelsea were on the verge of clinching the signing of gifted Ajax creator Ziyech.
The Blues were rumoured to have struck a deal which would see the Moroccan make the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, for a fee in the region of €40 million.
And, on the back of an anxious wait for fans of the London giants, confirmation of Ziyech’s imminent arrival was eventually confirmed across the club’s social media platforms yesterday afternoon:
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Chelsea’s latest addition can play in a range of attack-minded roles, but has generally been deployed as a right winger during his time in Amsterdam.
This role allows Ziyech to cut inside onto his explosive left foot, before either picking out a teammate with a devilish delivery, or going for goal himself.
As such, with the 26-year-old expected to carve out a starting berth for himself in the English capital next season, question marks have inevitably begun to surround the futures of some of Chelsea’s other wide-men.
Such speculation, meanwhile, led to Frank Lampard being drawn on whether Ziyech’s arrival is set to have a bearing on the club’s plans for soon-to-be out-of-contract pair Willian and Pedro earlier today.
The Pensioners boss, however, was quick to assure that this will not be the case.
When asked directly whether Willian and Pedro are now deemed surplus to requirements, Lampard explained:
‘Conversations are ongoing with those players. They have both been successful players with the club.’
Quotes via Goal