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Chelsea hero gives his verdict on the club’s new signings ahead of the 2020/21 season

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Ashley Cole expects Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to impress at Chelsea

Speaking to ESPN, Chelsea hero Ashley Cole believes Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will add a new dimension to Frank Lampard’s outfit.

The Blues stole an early march on their rivals by signing both players ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Chelsea spent over £75million to bring in the duo who are expected to amplify our attacking threat. The prospect of the duo playing alongside the imperious Christian Pulisic is mouthwatering.

Chelsea signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig
Chelsea signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

Despite being young, Werner and Ziyech have shown their pedigree at RB Leipzig and Ajax Amsterdam respectively. Cole believes age will have no bearing on the positive impact they can have at the Bridge.

“Although the new players are young, they’ve got experience of playing Champions League. They were stars of their team.”

Cole played in some dominant Chelsea sides having some of the best players in the world. He would be aware of the effect effective leadership can have on a club’s fortunes. He has called upon Chelsea’s new duo to step up and be counted.

Hakim Ziyech played a key role in Ajax's Champions League run in 2018/19
Hakim Ziyech played a key role in Ajax’s Champions League run in 2018/19

“They can give that leadership off the pitch and on it as well because we had a lot of leaders when I was a player here.”

Now a youth coach at Chelsea, Cole believes the Blues reverting back to their big spending ways will actually help the youngsters at the club.

The former English international believes the newcomers can make use of their experience to help the youth stars develop.

Ashley Cole believes Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will add a new dimension to Frank Lampard's outfit
Cole has high hopes for Ziyech and Werner

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Having made no new signings during his first two windows, Lampard is spoilt for choices this time around.

However, with greater power comes greater responsibility. The Blues will now have to deliver on the pitch to vindicate the lavish outlay this summer.

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