Hakim Ziyech’s season at Chelsea after January transfer predicted by Football Manager

With the close of the January transfer window only a matter of hours rather than days away, last minute deals are set to dominate the rumour mill.

Chelsea have been linked with Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, a Champions League-level creative engine who has previously been touted as an upgrade on Arsenal and Liverpool’s options.

It could be Frank Lampard and the Blues that benefit from the inaction of their rivals in previous transfer windows if they can snap up the Eredisivie midfielder.

Ziyech is one of the most prolific creators in Europe having already provided 12 assists in just 18 league starts so far this season, scoring six goals too.

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The Moroccan can play in various midfield positions, including wide, as a number 10 or as a deeper midfield player, so would give Lampard more creative options.

What kind of impact could Ziyech have at Chelsea if they signed him?

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To find out just how big an impact he could make, we used popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020 to have a bit of fun and try to predict the future with Ziyech at Chelsea.

Here’s what happened.

Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea

To set up this simulation, we opened the Football Manager 2020 editor and arranged for Ziyech to join Chelsea on January 1st for a fee of £40 million.

We then simulated the entire 2019/20 season on Football Manager 2020, to see what kind of impact the Ajax midfielder could have at Stamford Bridge.

This is what Ziyech’s profile looks like in Football Manager 2020.

The 26-year-old has excellent technical attributes, including high dribbling, long shots, free-kick taking, passing and technique.

What kind of impact did he make at Chelsea?

The Moroccan midfielder became a key fixture in Lampard’s side on his arrival, making the number ten spot his own, although he did sometimes…