Thursday, January 20, 2022

Official: Chelsea confirm summer signing


Chelsea Football Club failed to make an addition this January having successfully contested a transfer ban but the club have confirmed a deal for bringing a player in this summer.

Ziyech to set foot in Premier League in Blue

Chelsea announced that they had reached an agreement with Ajax for the signature of Hakim Ziyech. The Moroccan international is all but set to join the Blue the coming summer with personal terms yet to be agreed on. It is also understood the former English champions parted with €40m to land their man.

“Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer. The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season,” read the statement released by the Premier League side.

Erik ten Hag expected Ziyech to move earlier

Earlier Ajax boss, Erik Ten Hag confirmed the move in a press conference. “Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen,” the Dutchman told Fox Sports.

However, he also admitted that the 26-year-old stayed longer than he expected. “And I actually already expected this one or two years earlier,” he explained.“And each time it was: “Wow, he stayed again”.We are just happy that we will still have him until the end of the season.”

Erik ten Hag is pleased to have Ziyech till the summer before the latter makes the move north to the Premier League.
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Author’s Take

Hakim Ziyech is box-office. The Ajax man could walk into any European side on his day. He is a force to contend with in a creative sense who also doesn’t shy away from the dogged off-the-ball work.

Ziyech tops the Eredivise charts this season for shots per game, Key passes per game, through balls per game. All is beside his 6 goals and 12 assists which tallies to around a goal involvement every 80 minutes. 3.1 successful dribbles per 90 also highlight his ability with the ball at his feet.

Yes, he takes around 65% of the shots from outside the box which is undesirable. (slightly unfair because due to him being on free-kick duties). And yes, all of this output is from the Eredivise which is below the likes of Premier League in standard. However, he has proven himself in the Champions League. If Ziyech can adjust to the Premier League, Stamford Bridge might well have their new show-stopper.


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