Tim Cahill believes Chelsea have signed a “world class” player in Hakim Ziyech and has backed the attacking midfielder to continue showing his “incredible” ability.
Ziyech made two assists in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday. Between goals and assists, he has contributed to four goals from his first four Premier League appearances.
The Morocco international was one of several high-profile signings at Stamford Bridge over the summer. He already looks like he will be worth the €40m they paid for him.
Someone who appears to think so is former Everton star Cahill. Speaking on Match of the Day, the Australian revealed how impressed he was with Ziyech.
“It was the Hakim Ziyech show,” Cahill said. “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.
Cahill added: “He was probably at his best [against Sheffield United]. He has a good confidence and arrogance about him – a good arrogance.
“He will keep trying those passes and keep trying to get those assists.”
Lampard impressed with ‘unbelievable’ Ziyech
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard similarly gave plaudits to Ziyech for the form he has shown early in his Chelsea career.
Lampard said: “We played against him in the Champions League last year, I knew the player from the year before. He’s a top player, a top-class player.
“Sometimes it’s great to see that from afar, but when you work with someone they impress you even more with their personality around the place and their quality on the pitch.”