Frank Lampard has opened up on Hakim Ziyech and his lack of playing time at Chelsea so far. Chelsea new signing Hakim Ziyech has not played much for the club since joining from Ajax in the summer due to an injury he suffered in pre-season. Frank Lampard has admitted it has been difficult to get the winger up to speed because of the unique circumstances related to coronavirus.
The 27-year-old moved ro Stamford Bridge for a fee of £33.3million but hasn’t made an impact yet.
Ziyech made his debut in the 3-3 draw with Southampton last weekend and then came off the bench in the Europa League against Sevilla.
The winger will be involved at Old Trafford this evening against Manchester United but a start seems unlikely.
Lampard believes Ziyech’s fitness is a problem because of the limited match intensity environments he has been able to play in.
“It’s been very difficult to integrate him,” said Lampard.
“We have a bubble here at Cobham so we can’t play against the Under-23s or bring over a lot of kids to replicate 11 vs 11 games on big-sized pitches, which is generally where you would want someone to be working when they’ve not played for five or six months off.
“We miss that and we have to find the right way to give Hakim and others in the squad minutes as quickly as we can.”
Lampard has also spoken about the comparison that is often made between himself and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United.
“Every Premier League manager will have their own issues to find solutions for so I don’t draw a line between myself and Ole,” he explained.
“He has his squad and I have mine. We have some similar pressures and some different pressures.
“I understand the pressures of managing a club of the size that we manage and I respect him completely for that.”
Chelsea will be without Kepa Arrizabalaga in Manchester meaning Edouard Mendy is likely to start.