Chelsea have snapped up Hakim Ziyech from Ajax – and the Morocco international looks the real deal.
The 26-year-old has been one of the most impressive performers in the Dutch top tier in recent season.
Having moved to Ajax from Twente in 2016, he’s been integral to the club’s recent success.
Exclusive heat map analysis from Starsport shows the influential ace is a tricky right winger in the traditional mould.
He likes to hug the touchline before cutting in and making things happen.
His stats for this season are mightily impressive. Ziyech already has 12 assists and six goals in the Eredivisie.
Currently his pass completion rate averages 79 per cent and 59 per cent of his dribbles are successful.
In the 2018/19 season he managed 13 assists in the Dutch top tier and bagged 16 goals.
Despite his obvious attributes, Ziyech might need to tweak his games slightly to cope in the Premier League.
His heat map shows he rarely tracks back to help out with defensive duties.
Ziyech will complete the season in Holland before packing his bags.
Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech is a tricky right winger
“Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen,” Ajax manager Erik ten Hag told FOX Sports.
“And I actually already expected this one or two years earlier.
“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.”
Ziyech’s arrival at Stamford Bridge almost certainly signals the end of Willian’s tenure in west London.
The Brazil international has been a key player for the club in recent years but is now a declining force.
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A move to Barcelona has been mooted, although whether that’s wholly realistic remains to be seen.
The 31-year-old is certainly more versatile than Ziyech and can also play on the left.
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