Frank Lampard wants Hakim Ziyech to become the missing piece of the puzzle to help solve Chelsea’s issue of failing to kill off games.
The Blues boss has bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal at times this season.
And he hopes Ajax winger Ziyech, whose £33million transfer will go through on July 1, will make the Blues more ruthless.
He said: “I think he has an incredible left foot, he has an elegance about him that can find a pass.
“I see a player that hopefully can have a big imprint on our team and the Premier League. At times this season we’ve missed the player with the finishing touch.
“Hopefully he can be a piece of that puzzle. He’ll bring quality in terms of ability to make assists and score goals.
“At times this season we’ve had a lot of the ball and haven’t had that final bit. So hopefully he’ll bring that bit of quality, crossing, passing, final pass, shooting and scoring.
“He’ll have to fit into the way we want to work here, work off the ball and the energy on the ball. But hopefully the quality will be there for the fans to see.”
Below, you can read the best bits from Lampard’s press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with top four rivals Manchester United.
“Christian [Pulisic] trained with the Under-23s today and will be there for a short period.
“So he won’t be fit. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] won’t be fit for this game, but is getting closer and training a lot. He needs more match fitness, but it’s great to have him nearly back.
“Tammy [Abraham] is still feeling the effects [from an ankle injury]. We had to take him out of training a couple of times this week but he trained today. I’m hoping he’ll be fit.”
On Kepa Arrizabalaga’s reaction to being dropped against Leicester
“The reaction has been good as I would expect. I haven’t had lots of conversations with him. It’s a decision I will have to make.
“It doesn’t matter when you came to the club, I don’t take into account the fee. It’s the training that counts.
“I have decided, and you’ll find out.
“It wasn’t about giving him a jolt. It was just a selection on that day. I want everyone’s reaction to be spot on. I know how it will feel for him. I had it in my career, it is part and parcel. I am pleased with the reaction.
“I deal with the players as it feels right. I am open and straight with them.”
On a possible change in his players after the winter break
“A bit of a tan! I haven’t seen a really visible difference, but it was a good thing. They have come back looking fresh.
“I want to be as successful as I can at this club. I love what I am doing. I enjoyed having a bit of time away, a bit of a small reboot.”
On Manchester United
“They are a good team, they’ve added some players in January. I do expect a tough game on Monday and it’s a direct rival.
“With football the gap can chop and change. We are aware of the points, United and Spurs are big games.”