Tottenham fans know all about Hakim Ziyech following his two appearances against the club in the Champions League last term.
The Moroccan had handed Ajax a 3-0 lead on aggregate in the semi-finals of Europe’s top competition and it appeared to be the end for Mauricio Pochettino’s team until Lucas Moura’s late heroics.
Well, Spurs will be seeing a lot more of the player next season after Chelsea agreed on a deal with the Dutch giants for the 26-year-old.
Ziyech, who is still to agree personal terms, will remain at the Johan Cruijff ArenA for the rest of the season before linking up with his new teammates in west London in the summer.
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Former Spurs ace Rafael van der Vaart knows all about the tricky player having watched him at Ajax and he opened up on what exactly Ziyech will bring to the Premier League and why he wanted him to head to north London instead.
“Wonderful player and great lad,” the former Dutch international tweeted in reply to a question about the ex-FC Twente man. “With the right coach, Ziyech is a player who would contribute big time to many top teams in Europe.
“I believe Frank Lampard proved so far he understands creative players and understands entertaining yet effective football.
“Therefore I do see a good match between player-club-coach.
“Still a bit heart broken our MVP is leaving Ajax and Dutch football, to have seen him in a Spurs shirt would have softened my misery.”
As nice as it would have been for Van der Vaart’s wish to come true and see Ziyech at Spurs instead of Chelsea, the club now have Steven Bergwijn at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Dutch ace will be looking to make another big impact when he returns to action on Sunday against Aston Villa.