Mason Mount
‘Ziyech is a joy to play with’ -Chelsea’s Mason Mount praises team-mate

Mason Mount praised the Moroccan winger for his spectacular performance against Burnley on the weekend.

Mason Mount says that Hakim Ziyech is a “joy to play with” and his new Chelsea colleague is hailed as a “world class”

Chelsea reached an agreement to sign Ziyech for an initial fee of €40 million (£36m/$47 m) from Ajax in January, and joined the Frank Lampard’s squad at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Supporters were forced to wait to see the 27-year-old in action as he struggled with fitness problems, but they have been rewarded for their patience over the past week.

Ziyech scored a fine individual goal on his first start for the Blues in a 4-0 win of the Champions League over Krasnodar on Wednesday, and was still in the line-up for a trip to Turf Moor three days later.

The Moroccan doubled his account in a Chelsea shirt with a strike to open the scoring against Burnley, and produced a superb pass to set up a goal for Timo Werner with Kurt Zouma also finding the back of the net in an impressive 3-0 victory.

That result saw Lampard’s men move up to sixth in the Premier League, four points behind leaders and reigning champions Liverpool after seven fixtures.

The Blues are now being billed as potential title contenders, and Mount thinks Ziyech has added a new dimension to the team in the final third of the pitch.

“We know what he can do on the ball and what he brings to the team,” the England international said of the ex-Ajax star after the win at Burnley. “[He’s a] World-class player, obviously coming in and scoring the other night [against Krasnodar] and scoring on his Premier League debut. He’s a brilliant player.

“He’s a joy to play with, very clever on the ball, he brings a lot to the team. He’s a very good player.”