Ian Wright delivers two-word review of Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea display against Newcastle
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has labelled Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech a “beautiful player” after the forward helped the Blues secure a 2-0 win over Newcastle United. An own goal from Federico Fernandez and a second-half strike from Tammy Abraham proved to be the difference between the two sides, as Chelsea won their fifth game in a row in all competitions.
It was a comfortable win for Frank Lampard’s side and Ziyech, who set up Timo Werner only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, caught the eye of Wright.
Taking to Twitter, the legendary goalscorer called Ziyech a “beautiful player”.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge after recovering from a knee injury which kept him out of action at the start of the season.
In five starts in all competitions Ziyech has netted two goals and provided three assists, outlining exactly why the Blues forked out €40m (£36m) to sign him.
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The Morocco international was recently compared to Manchester City superstar Kevin de Bruyne by former England boss Steve McClaren.
McClaren had two spells as manager of Ziyech’s former side FC Twente and, although he was not in charge while the winger was there, the 59-year-old explained why Dutch football is the perfect proving ground for players like Ziyech.
Speaking to talkSPORT, McClaren said: “They’ve got a great scouting system in Holland, and at Twente, the four years I was there, we brought many players through from different countries.
“Diamonds they were, really rough diamonds, street players, but Holland was perfect for them and Ziyech is just that.
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“He has confidence, bordering on arrogance. He is a maverick, a street player; he is different, and needs nurturing in a different way.
“He’s not every managers’ cup of tea, but I watched Ajax a lot and watched him and he is the left-footed De Bruyne.
“He can see things; from the stands you can see things and he can see them from the field.
“He is incredible. And he can deliver; he can score and assist. You can build a team around him.
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“And when he’s been playing for Chelsea there have been moments of pure magic.”
Chelsea face Rennes in the Champions League in their next fixture and will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in Europe.
They then return to action in the Premier League with a fascinating clash against Tottenham next Sunday.
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