“We saw a bit of his quality and personality against Krasnodar. The idea of receiving the ball and turning, facing forward and finding that pass before teams are set, that is what I’m excited about to see from Hakim.”
Lampard believes Dutch-born forward Ziyech has the kind of self confidence and strong work ethic to be a real hit for the Blues, who have endured a mixed start to the Premier League season.
They sit 10th after six games, having won two, drawn three and lost one, scoring 13 goals but also conceding nine.
“I really like him as a personality,” Lampard continued. “I had conversations with him very early when we signed him and was struck by his confidence.
“There is an inner confidence which I love. We needed that. We need players with confidence and personality who believe they should be here and want to offer something.
“He has been an absolute dream to work with.