Ian Wright believes the signing of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech could go a long way to Chelsea finally filling the void left by Eden Hazard.
The Blues have struggled for creativity in the final third on occasions this season, particularly at Stamford Bridge. Wright thinks much of that is down to Hazard’s absence and he says Ziyech may well be the solution if he can replicate the sort of form he showed at Ajax:
“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. And then because of what Eden Hazard did for them, they had one particular player who in that role could make something happen. I think it’s a brilliant signing. If he can hit anywhere near the form [he’s shown for Ajax] it’s a fantastic signing.”
Others, including Tony Pulis, are not so sure that the Moroccan will be able to make the same impact in the Premier League, but manager Frank Lampard and his staff certainly believe the 26-year-old is worth the €40m (£33m) outlay.
Chelsea tried to sign Ziyech in the January transfer window, only to be knocked back by Ajax, but their keenness to snap him up has led to them agreeing a transfer for the summer even though the move can’t take place for another four months.