Ashley Cole: Ziyech a big player for the Blues

As one of the all-time great left-backs, the former Blue defended down that side of the pitch against many top operators, and he is impressed by the Hakim Ziyech and Reece James combination.

Having watched the weekend win over Sheffield United in which Ziyech especially was to the fore, Cole, who now works as a coach in the Chelsea Academy, had this to say about the Moroccan.

‘We saw the quality of him last year in the Champions League and the impact he had at Ajax, and he has gone under the radar a bit due to the injury,’ said Cole, the injury being the one suffered in the pre-season game which kept Ziyech out of the first six matches.

‘But he has come back now and he looks fit, he looks like he is enjoying the way Frank plays, and enjoying playing with his team-mates here. He is using that wand of a left foot to perfection at times and he pulled the strings [against Sheffield United]. So I think he is a big player for Chelsea.’