Taking risks and ingenious passes – The expert view on Chelsea’s new ‘magic man’ Hakim Ziyech

Thirteen days after the transfer window shut, the Blues made their first signing of the season with Hakim Ziyech coming into the side.

Of course, Ziyech won’t be arriving until the summer and will have the chance to shine during the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

But what kind of player are the Blues getting in the 26-year-old when he makes the move to Stamford Bridge in July?  

football.london spoke to Hein Nooijens, football reporter for Dutch football news site VoetbalPrimeur, to get the lowdown on what impact Ziyech will have at the Blues.

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Why should Chelsea fans be excited about signing Hakim Ziyech this summer?

For a couple of years, he is considered the finest football player in the Dutch league because of his magic left foot. Since last year, he has proven that he is able to stand out on Champions League level as well.

Since making his debut in 2012, he has made his choices wisely: first he joined FC Twente and when he had outgrown them, he joined Ajax. Now, he has outgrown the Dutch league, so it feels like it is the right time to go abroad.

If he feels comfortable and experiences enough confidence, he will be able to excel at Stamford Bridge.

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What is his most influential position? Number 10 or out wide?

Ziyech is a player who likes to take risks, which could lead to both magic, ingenious passes and many losses of ball possession. So I doubt if Frank Lampard would dare to let him play as a number 10.

At Ajax, he usually plays as a right winger, but he usually tends to cut inside and search for the through ball. As a winger, he will probably face less physical one-on-one encounters, in comparison to the centre of the pitch.

When the spaces tight, he is at his best: so if he is accompanied by an offensive right back like Azpilicueta, he could prove himself more than useful…