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Peter Crouch: Ziyech has the ability to reach Hazard's level at Chelsea

Legendary Premier League striker Peter Crouch has hailed Chelsea's latest signing Hakim Ziyech, described him as an asset to the Prem...


Legendary Premier League striker Peter Crouch has hailed Chelsea's latest signing Hakim Ziyech, described him as an asset to the Premier League who is capable of reaching Eden Hazard's level at Stamford Bridge.

“I think he can light the Premier League up, I really do,’ Crouch told BT Sport as quoted by Metro Sport.

“I love watching him, the majority of it is his influence in matches is what I love. He was part of such a young, vibrant Ajax side, but he’s going to a similar side at Chelsea. That’s what Frank Lampard wants at Chelsea, he wants young players.

“I know he’s not as young as he once was, he’s 27 now, but he was part of that side. He’s got a fantastic left foot, tremendous ability on the ball. When he drops deep he can pick a pass.

“We don’t know the situation with Pedro and Willian, they might move on. I think he will slip straight into that [spot] and become a huge asset for Chelsea, he can be a huge player for them next season.

“They lost Eden Hazard, one of the world’s greatest players and he got Chelsea fans off their feet. He was exciting to watch, he carried so much of the burden for Chelsea.

“I’m not saying [Ziyech] will hit the ground running and be a replacement for Eden Hazard, but I do think he’s got the ability to be something close to that. I think he’s got tremendous ability, he’s exciting, and he’ll be an asset to the Premier League.

“He’ll help players, the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham. If I was Tammy Abraham, I’d be licking my lips at some of the assists this man can provide.”

Chelsea signed from Ajax in a deal worth 40m euros (£33.3m) - potentially rising to 44m euros (£36.6m).


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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