Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech’s debut ends early as Frank Lampard is forced to substitute the £37m winger after a knock against Brighton
- Chelsea faced Brighton at the Amex in a pre-season friendly with 2,500 fans
- The Blues got to try out new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in the game
- Ziyech played a glorious pass for Werner to open the scoring after four minutes
- However, the £37m signing had to leave the field injured early in the second half
Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea debut started perfectly but came to an early end on Saturday, with the winger forced off with an injury.
Playing in front of 2,500 fans to test some small steps back to normality amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Blues travelled down to Brighton and the Amex Stadium for a pre-season friendly.
The fixture gave Frank Lampard a chance to see his new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who arrived for a combined £90m this summer.
Hakim Ziyech was forced off with a knock after half-time in his Chelsea debut on Saturday
The £37m signing face Brighton in a pre-season friendly with fans in attendance at the Amex
Ziyech was wrong-footed and twisted uncomfortably, asking Lampard to pull him off early
Both exciting signings had an instant impact, with Ziyech floating the type of pin-point ball Ajax fans loved, finding Callum Hudson-Odoi whose botched attempt at a header fell to Werner, who slotted in cooly for his first Chelsea goal.
After the break Ziyech’s involvement ended though, as the Moroccan was wrong-footed by the touchline and appeared to twist awkwardly.
The 27-year-old rejoined the action in discomfort but didn’t last long, asking Lampard to haul him off as the English boss sent 20-year-old Conor Gallagher on in his place.
Blues fans will hope Ziyech recovers quick after setting up the opener with a superb pass
Fellow new boy Timo Werner scored just four minutes in after Ziyech floated a glorious pass
Blues fans will be desperate to hear news that it was merely a knock, with the Premier League season set to kick off for the west Londoners in little over two weeks.
Chelsea have dominated the transfer market this season, adding Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr to their summer business.
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