Hakim Ziyech is READY! Frank Lampard could unleash Chelsea’s £37m summer signing against Southampton after starring role in Morocco win on return from injury
- Hakim Ziyech helped Morocco beat Senegal 3-1 in an international friendly
- The winger came on after 59 minutes and shone, assisting Morocco’s third
- Ziyech signed for Chelsea this summer but suffered a knee injury in pre-season
- He could be set for his Premier League debut on Saturday against Southampton
Chelsea’s stuttering new-look attack could be in for another injection of star power on Saturday, with Hakim Ziyech ready to feature.
The winger landed in West London for £37m this summer and hit the ground running by setting up a Timo Werner strike in a pre-season meet with Brighton, but a knee injury picked-up later in the game has barred him from Premier League action since.
Having missed the Blues’ first four games in the top-flight, Ziyech returned to action on Friday in a Morocco shirt and looked like he’d never been away.
Hakim Ziyech could be ready for Chelsea action after starring for Morocco on Friday
The Blues’ £37m summer signing assisted a goal for Morocco in their 3-1 win over Senegal
Frank Lampard could now has his full-strength front-line available to him in the Premier League
Facing Senegal in a friendly, the former Ajax star was introduced in the 59th minute with Morocco winning 1-0.
Ziyech was instrumental in Youssef En-Nesyri’s strike 12 minutes later, then curling in a pin-point free-kick for Youssef El Arabi to head in for 3-0.
Watford star Ismaila Sarr bagged a consolation for Senegal in the 88th minute from the spot but Ziyech was in no danger of losing his comeback victory.
Frank Lampard will be keen to get Ziyech involved after a sluggish start in attack after Chelsea’s summer of spending.
Ziyech was injured in a pre-season friendly against Brighton and hasn’t featured since
The forward’s fellow new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have not got going yet
Ziyech has been in training settling in at Cobham but Blues fans can’t wait to see him play
The Blues beat Crystal Palace 4-0 last time out but every goal was scored from midfield or defence, as £123m pair Kai Havertz and Timo Werner continued their wait for a first Premier League goal.
A front three of Ziyech, Werner and Christian Pulisic, with Havertz joining the attack from midfield, is what Blues fans have been waiting to see all summer, and the Moroccan could be the key to unlock his new team-mates.
A strong Southampton team awaits, having recovered from back-to-back defeats to Palace and Spurs at the start of 2020-21 to secure two straight victories with clean-sheets.
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