Hakim Ziyech had a slow start to life at Chelsea but fans are now getting to see why the club forked out £36million for his services last summer.

Ben Chilwell is delighted for fellow summer signing Hakim Ziyech after his fine run of form.

Ziyeck had a slow start to life at Chelsea after arriving on a £36million deal from Ajax in the summer, struggling for fitness, but he has impressed in recent weeks taking his tally for the season to five goals and four assists.

The Moroccan has been central in Chelsea’s revival under Thomas Tuchel, and he even scored the winner against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium to send the Blues to the FA Cup final last time out.

And everyone at Chelsea is delighted for Ziyech, according to fellow summer arrival Chilwell, who understands why it took the midfielder a little time to get up and running at Stamford Bridge.

He has had a few niggles this season that unfortunately have not allowed him to get that rhythm, that flow of games,” said Chilwell to the club website.

“But he has scored some important goals for us in the Champions League, and another important goal which has got us to the cup final.

Just seeing how much it meant to him after the semi-final was amazing. Everyone was buzzing for him to get that goal because he has had a difficult season with injuries, but he has come up trumps for us and played very well.”
He added: “When they come to England everyone says the Premier League is so different to all the other top leagues in

Europe, much more physical over here.
“It doesn’t just happen straight away for anyone. You have to get used to the league because it is so different.

“But we are blessed, the attacking players we have signed are all exceptionally talented and can win you a game. So we have got that, it is starting to gel together nicely now, and that is promising for the years ahead because it is a young squad and it is very exciting.”

Speaking about the competition at Chelsea under Tuchel, Chilwell went on to say: “There is obviously competition for places at a club like Chelsea. When you play at a top club like Chelsea that is what you are going to have to expect.

“You can take it one of two ways – you can either just accept that someone else is playing ahead of you, and maybe not really care too much – or you can train hard and give everything in training, ask the manager questions about where you can improve your play.
“I did all of that, and when you get the opportunity to play, you make sure you play well and give the manager a headache for the next game about whether to keep you in.

“But I had it at Leicester with Christian Fuchs for a number of years, so that has put me in good stead for when it happens again in my career. It is important to have that competition for places because it brings out the best in everyone.”

 

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