Hakim Ziyech admits settling at Chelsea has been made troublesome by the COVID-19 lockdown – and the ahead misses his household.
The 28-year-old’s summer season transfer from Ajax to Stamford Bridge was agreed method upfront, however nothing might have ready him for the way robust it could be.
Not solely did Chelsea signal a bunch extra gamers in his place, Ziyech would additionally endure an damage in pre-season which dominated him out for what ought to have been his first month in a Blues shirt.
Then got here one other lockdown, stopping the Moroccan from seeing his household and settling correctly in his new dwelling.
Chelsea followers have seen glimpses of the artistic genius who lit up the Johan Cruyff Enviornment in Amsterdam, significantly when he first stepped into the facet, however not as a lot as they’d’ve hoped.
4 targets and 4 assists in 29 appearances is nicely under his excessive requirements – and he has began the final three matches on the bench.
Fellow summer season signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have additionally struggled to adapt, however how troublesome should or not it’s for younger gamers to familiarize yourself with life in a brand new nation proper now?
“No, it isn’t [easy],” Ziyech tells talkSPORT. “It’s a troublesome time proper now for everyone.
“I got here right here and to start with it was nonetheless attainable to fly over and are available again, however from October or September, I don’t know after they closed the borders, from that second I didn’t see my household.
“I’m used to having my mom round and my sisters and brothers, that wasn’t attainable.
“More often than not, you might be alone. And it’s harder than lots of people assume.
“You simply have to simply accept it and transfer on. No less than my PlayStation works! I spend a while there.”
Each former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and present supervisor Thomas Tuchel have given Ziyech a run of video games out and in of the facet, maybe unable to work out how greatest to make use of him.
At Ajax, Ziyech performed throughout quite a few positions, primarily on the correct wing, regardless of often dropping into midfield or working as a no.10.
With such expertise, it’s certainly solely a matter of time earlier than it interprets into actual effectiveness, however within the meantime, Ziyech solely cares that the staff finds the web.
“For me personally, it doesn’t matter who scores, or if I rating or give assists,” he added.
“It’s extra necessary that the ball goes in, not who makes it. If I give the ball or rating, it doesn’t matter. I’ve extra assists than targets, for positive, nevertheless it doesn’t matter.”
The spotlight of Ziyech’s season up to now has little doubt been his aim towards Atletico Madrid within the Champions League last-16, however he’s hoping to make extra recollections this Saturday.
Chelsea tackle Manchester City within the FA Cup semi-final, stay on talkSPORT at 5.30pm, and Ziyech can’t wait to get his first have a look at the enduring Wembley Stadium.
He continued: “I didn’t actually develop up realizing Wembley, it’s solely a few years since I’ve been taking part in skilled soccer.
“I do know it’s a giant, good stadium and I feel everybody who performs soccer desires to play in stadiums like this. This weekend, I’m going to take pleasure in it.”