Chelsea have accomplished their first signing of the Frank Lampard revolution with Ajax star Hakim Ziyech becoming a member of the membership in the summertime.
The Blues have crushed off competitors from Manchester United and Arsenal to agree a £33million deal to signal the Moroccan star.
It comes after Stamford Bridge chiefs failed with a bid for the ahead in January, and after the deal was all-but confirmed by Ajax supervisor Erik ten Hag who informed Fox Sports activities: “Ziyech to Chelsea? A switch was coming, we anticipated it to occur.”
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It appears to be like like Ziyech shall be heading to Stamford Bridge in the summertime Ziyech has turn into probably the greatest gamers within the Eredivise through the years after dazzling with Ajax.
The 26-year-old has scored 38 objectives in 107 league appearances for the membership and performed an instrumental position in Ajax’s excellent run to the Champions League semi-finals final time period, the place they had been cruelly knocked out by a final minute Tottenham aim.
talkSPORT’s very personal Tony Cascarino, a former Chelsea ahead, believes the membership are ‘fortunate’ to have signed such a particular expertise.
“He’s simply bought every part within the recreation. I believe he’s one hell of a expertise and Chelsea could be very, very fortunate to get him,” he informed talkSPORT.
“He destroyed Actual Madrid final yr; he actually performed an enormous half in Ajax getting the higher of Actual on the Bernabeu. He’s an actual expertise who I believe could be a incredible addition to Chelsea.”
However who’s Ziyech and what’s going to he convey to Chelsea? talkSPORT.com has drawn up a profile of the brand new Blue who appears to be like primed to set the Premier League alight subsequent season…
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Hakim Ziyech factfile
Identify: Hakim Ziyech
Born: 18 March, 1993 (age 26)
Place: Proper wing/No.10
Profession spotlight: Successful the double (Eredisie title and KNVB Cup) with Ajax in 2018/19
Ziyech grew up along with his Moroccan mother and father in Dronten, Holland, and began his profession enjoying for the academy of Reaal Dronten earlier than he joined the Heerenveen academy.
On August 2, 2012, Ziyech made his Eredivisie debut for Heerenveen and he would go onto excel for the membership, netting 11 objectives in 36 appearances.
His stellar performances at such a younger age earned him a transfer to Twente, the place he was instantly handed the No.10 shirt upon his arrival on the membership.
Ziyech wasted no time in making an impression, repaying the membership with a vastly respectable return of 34 objectives in 76 appearances.
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Ziyech made his title at Twente earlier than signing for Ajax for £9m It was these shows which satisfied Ajax to snap up the winger for £9m in August 2016.
Nevertheless it wasn’t till Erik ten Hag arrived on the Johan Cruyff ArenA in 2017 that Ziyech confirmed his true skill.
As a part of a deadly trio with David Neres and Dusan Tadic, Ziyech struck 21 objectives as Ajax clinched the Eredivisie title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
His finest show within the white and pink of Ajax got here on the Santiago Bernabeu when Ajax dumped the Champions League holders out of the competitors with a surprising 4-1 win.
Ziyech opened the scoring and wreaked havoc for the Actual defence to actually put his title on the European stage.
Fashion of play
Ziyech is left footed and he’s subsequently strongest out on the fitting, the place he usually cuts in and shoots to devastating impact.
As seen by his excellent free-kick towards Chelsea earlier this season, he usually crosses from the flanks which has given Ajax one other outlet when the center of the pitch is congested.
The Stamford Bridge crowd got glimpse of what they’ll anticipate within the Champions League earlier this season when he curled an unbelievable cross to the far submit to arrange Quincy Promes’ aim as Ajax and Chelsea performed out an unbelievable 4-Four draw at Stamford Bridge.
Ziyech’s aim document in any respect the golf equipment he has performed for may also be very interesting to Lampard, who has repeatedly admitted he desires prolific gamers in his XI.
The place would he slot in?
Ziyech may also attraction to Lampard for his versatility as he can play in any of the ahead positions behind the striker, nevertheless, he’ll most certainly be deployed in his finest place on the fitting flank.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has nice potential however he has but to show he deserves a beginning spot within the group and Ziyech would slot in on the fitting to supply competitors for the teen.
Willian is but to signal a brand new deal on the membership and Barcelona are reportedly ready to snap him up in the summertime, whereas Pedro’s stint in west London can also be coming to an finish.
Ziyech would slot in properly on the fitting wing in Lampard’s assault Subsequently, Lampard could even purchase two wingers this summer season – and it could possibly be Jadon Sancho.
If Sancho is signed, he’ll most certainly occupy his favoured spot on the fitting. Ziyech would subsequently transfer into the No.10 position or present competitors for Christian Pulisic on the left.
Hakim Ziyech – 2019/20
Eredivise appearances – 18
Assists – 32
Photographs per recreation – 4.7
Cross success – 78.5 per cent
Key passes per recreation – 3.7
Common passes per recreation – 55.4
Dribbles per recreation – 2.7
Tackles per recreation – 2.1
What have individuals mentioned
Former Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart is an enormous fan of Ziyech and urged his former membership to signal the ahead final month.
He mentioned: “I’ve mentioned it already many instances, I hope, I actually hope that Tottenham should purchase Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
“He’s a participant that the squad want, they want creativity for the time being.
“He can rating objectives, he can provide assists and I believe for him it’s actually necessary to make the following step.I believe he could be the proper participant [for Tottenham].”
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Rafael van der Vaart is an enormous fan of Hakim Ziyech Whereas Netherlands and Arsenal icon Marc Overmars was equally constructive concerning the tough winger, claiming he’s higher than Mezut Ozil.
“I consider Hakim Ziyech is best than Mesut Ozil,” mentioned Overmars mentioned in an interview with AD.
“I might advise Arsenal to promote Ozil and purchase Ziyech for half of the cash, however they didn’t take heed to me.”
Again in 2018, Dutch soccer legend Willem van Hanegem, who completed as a runner up at 1974 World Cup and coached the likes of Feyenoord, AZ and Sparta Rotterdam in his post-playing profession, admitted he although Ziyech was Ajax’s key participant – regardless of many saying Dusan Tadic was the talisman.
He mentioned: “The individuals in Amsterdam have their mouth filled with Dusan Tadic, however I believe Hakim Ziyech is by far crucial man at Ajax.
“If he can proceed to place his class within the service of the group, he’s actually nice.”