Four ways Chelsea can lineup with Hakim Ziyech next season after £33.4m summer transfer

Chelsea have secured their first signing ahead of the summer transfer window.

On Wednesday there were reports that the Blues and Ajax had reached an agreement over Hakim Ziyech.

Rumours were turned into reality 24 hours later as both clubs confirmed the €40m (£33.4m) move which could potentially increase to a maximum of €44m (£36.7m) with variable factors will officially go through on July 1, 2020.

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The 26-year-old certainly impressed at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League clash earlier in the campaign, when the two clubs played out a stunning 4-4 draw.

This season the winger has scored eight times and added another 16 assists in all competitions for Ajax and he will be a welcome addition to Frank Lampard’s squad in west London.

With that said, takes a look at where he could fit into a Chelsea side.

On the right

With a superb left foot, playing off the right is the most natural position for the 26-year-old, who is ready to cut in and make a real handful of himself.

This season for the Dutch side it is where he has been utilised the most, scoring six goals and adding another seven assists in all competitions from that position.

Chelsea fans will have no need to be reminded of what he did at Stamford Bridge from that position, with a couple of assists using his wand of a left peg.

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In recent weeks, it has been Callum Hudson-Odoi who has played off the right, sometimes switching with Willian.

However, the Blues don’t currently have a natural left-footer for that role, something which Ziyech would certainly provide.

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