Modified 13 Feb 2020, 18:38 IST
Chelsea have dedicated €44million to the signing of Hakim Ziyech, who has grow to be one in every of the most admired abilities in European soccer over the previous two seasons at Ajax.
The impending switch was introduced on Thursday however stays topic to Morocco worldwide Ziyech agreeing private phrases at Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old was one in every of the greatest gamers on the pitch throughout a barnstorming 4-Four attract November’s Champions League conflict between the sides.
Kepa Arrizabalaga might have been credited with an personal objective but it surely was Ziyech’s sensational bending free-kick from the proper touchline that did the harm as the guests opened up a 3-1 half-time lead.
Ziyech, who predominantly operates from the proper however can play behind a striker, is now set to characteristic extra commonly at the Bridge and we used Opta information to look at his potential.
166 – Hakim Ziyech has been instantly concerned in 166 objectives since his Eredivisie debut (79 objectives & 87 assists), at the least 36 greater than some other participant. Blue. pic.twitter.com/iUDp580SFI
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THE EREDIVISIE’S MASTER CREATOR
Ziyech has been one in every of the Eredivisie’s prime performers since breaking into the first group at Heerenveen in 2012 having risen via the membership’s youth groups.
After a two-year cease at Twente, Ziyech moved to Ajax in August 2016 the place his performances domestically and in Europe have seen his star proceed to rise.
Since his swap to the Johan Cruijff ArenA, solely 4 gamers can boast the next objectives return than his 38 whereas his sensational tally of 51 Eredivisie assists is 16 higher than the 35 of Steven Berghuis, the subsequent highest on the record.
Indeed, his mixed 89 objective involvements is in the greatest in the league throughout this time, seven greater than Berghuis, whereas Bryan Linssen (who has the most objectives with 52 ) is manner behind with 66 .
To actually emphasise Ziyech’s attacking brilliance, his 421 possibilities created since September 2016 is a whopping 134 greater than second-place Berghuis.
MIXING IT WITH MESSI AND MBAPPE IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Ajax had been the nice entertainers of the of the 2018-19 Champions League and solely a last-gasp objective from Tottenham’s Lucas Moura denied Erik ten Hag’s males a spot in the ultimate.
Ziyech was usually influential in that run to the final 4 and since August 2018 he has supplied seven assists in Europe’s premier competitors (excluding qualifiers).
That is as many as team-mate Dusan Tadic and only one fewer than the better of eight achieved by Kylian Mbappe and Riyad Mahrez – and another than Barcelona nice Lionel Messi.
His 5 objectives are 13 fewer than the sensational 18 scored by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the similar time, with Messi registering 14 .
Messi tops the record of objective involvements at 20 , with Lewandowski (18) , Mbappe (17) , Raheem Sterling (14) , Tadic and Mohamed Salah (each 13) above Ziyech’s mixed objectives and assists tally of 12 .
In phrases of possibilities created, Ziyech scores extremely as effectively. His 39 is the similar as Christian Eriksen and crushed solely by Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (51) , Tadic (47) and Messi (41) .
421- Hakim Ziyech has created 421 goalscoring possibilities for teammates in the Dutch Eredivisie since his Ajax debut in September 2016; 134 greater than some other participant. Threatening. pic.twitter.com/zcLPt3X4lT
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– Since the 2012-13 season, Ziyech has made 217 Eredivisie appearances, scored 79 objectives and contributed 87 assists.
– Ziyech has at the least 10 assists in every of his earlier six Eredivisie seasons, no participant has managed to take action in additional than two campaigns in the similar interval.
– No gamers has extra assists (51) , photographs (528) , created possibilities (421) , accomplished dribbles (288) or recoveries (752) than Ziyech in the Eredivisie since he joined Ajax.
– Over the previous two seasons, solely Mohamed Salah (79) and Messi (77) have taken extra Champions League photographs than Ziyech ( 75 similar as Cristiano Ronaldo).
Published 13 Feb 2020, 18:38 IST
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