Hakim Ziyech is now officially a Chelsea player.
The Moroccan international officially joined the Blues earlier this month and trained with his new teammates for the first time earlier this week, though he is not allowed to play any part in the club’s remaining fixtures this season.
The Blues struck a deal with Dutch giants Ajax back in February, agreeing a £37.4million deal.
Head coach Frank Lampard is desperate to bolster his squad ahead of the start of next season, as the Blues aim to bridge the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, and the addition of Ziyech, alongside fellow new recruit Timo Werner, will go a long way in boosting Chelsea’s chances of competing for the Premier League title once again.
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Whilst the club continues to be linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany starlet Kai Havertz in an effort to add another creative spark to the midfield, Lampard has already done just that with the signing of Ziyech.
The 27-year-old, formerly of FC Twente, is renowned for his versatile qualities, with him able to operate out wide or in the centre of midfield, operating as a No.10.
The midfield star’s statistics speak for themselves, with Ziyech having registered 45 assists in all competitions since the start of the 2018/19 season, as well as notching 29 goals.
And following the midfielder’s switch to Stamford Bridge, he has been tipped to thrive in the Premier League by former Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
“The thing with Ziyech is that he’s one of those creative players and when you watch Chelsea, especially at home, I think they were expecting a bit more for their creative players,” the Match of the Day pundit told the Metro.
“And then because of what Eden Hazard did for them, they had one particular player who in that role…