Hit or miss? Chelsea’s previous Dutch raids rated after Hakim Ziyech confirmed

Chelsea have confirmed Hakim Ziyech will join the club from Dutch champions Ajax this summer in a £38m deal.

The 26-year-old Moroccan international will join the Blues at the end of the season, subject to passing a medical.

Ziyech joins a long list of players to move to Stamford Bridge from the Dutch Eredivisie but he will want to avoid the performances of some of these and instead take inspiration from the likes of Jesper Gronkjaer instead of Mateja Kezman.

Here are three hits and three misses from Chelsea’s previous Dutch dealings.

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Three of the best Jesper Gronkjaer

Danish wide-man Gronkjaer arrived at the Bridge from Ajax in January 2001 for just north of £10.5million.

The Aalborg academy graduate amassed 11 goals and 14 assists from the left flank in three and half years at the club before departing for Birmingham City.

The Blues made steady progress under Claudio Ranieri in Gronkjaer’s time at the club, following up back to back sixth place finished by ending the next two seasons in fourth and second respectively.

Despite his relatively low goal return, Gronkjaer was a hit with supporters before his departure on the dawn of the Jose Mourinho era.

Gronkjaer tallied a respectable number of goals and assists from the wing in his time at Chelsea
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Salomon Kalou

Following a string of impressive displays at the 2006 World Cup, including a goal against Serbia and Montenegro, Kalou was snapped up from Feyenoord for just £3.6million.

The Ivorian went on to enjoy a highly fruitful six year spell at the club, during which he ran out for the Blues on 254 occasions, scoring 60 and assisting 44 goals.

He joined Lille for free in 2012 having lifted a Premier League title, four FA Cups, one League Cup and the Champions League during his time in West London.

Kalou netted nine times during his debut campaign in England
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