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Name Jesper Gronkjaer
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Job xxxx Footballer
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Club as Player Chelsea FC

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Jesper Gronkjaer is backing Hakim Ziyech to succeed after his £37 million ($43m) move from Ajax to Chelsea] Ziyech was the one who has caught my eye over the past two seasons even though he wasn’t produced by Ajax’s academy. You need players like that. I think all the top clubs will have looked at Ziyech and asked the question if he is good enough for our team. He is a fantastic player but I think for Chelsea he will be in the starting XI straight away

Almost all the clubs in the Premier League could afford someone like Ziyech. Newcastle will be right up there competing in the market again. It is a good signing and he will start a lot. Also, we still have yet to see the true potential of Christian Pulisic as well because he is going to be a great player as well. So those are things to look forward to at Chelsea

2020 05 10b Retrieve

[Gronkjaer believes Ziyech will be under pressure to perform from the beginning] Adapting to the Premier League is more of a mental challenge than anything else. When you play for Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV then you are in teams that dominate possession, create chances and score lots of goals all the time.

There’s a lot more space too. Now, in the Premier League, the learning curve isn’t there and you have to produce from day one. It is more physical and faster but now compared to my day, it is more technical. You have lots of skilful players and every team have great technicians which makes it easier

2020 05 10c Retrieve

[Lampard went on to employ Morris as his assistant head coach after being appointed Chelsea manager] Both of them looked like leaders even as boys. When Lampard came in, it was something else. He had already done well at West Ham and came in for £11m. He walked straight in the team but he was not our star player to begin with.

Quite quickly though after a year or so, we started to see him develop fast and he was always running box to box with great energy. His long-range shooting was special. He was a very sensible and clever guy.

It has been a good story with Chelsea this season through all the young players and a new manager. I think they have done well. If you compare to what you expected at the start of the season, they have done well with a new manager and with the transfer ban. They brought back players who I think probably a lot of supporters knew by name - Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori. You might not have found too many supporters who were saying these will be good players right away. Now, they are in a position fighting for a Champions League spot with lots of ups and downs.