Sunday Feb 16, 2020. 16:00
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has applauded Chelsea’s signing of Hakim Ziyech.
It was confirmed this week that the Morocco international will join the Blues from Ajax Amsterdam for a deal reported to be in the region of €45 million.
Talking on Premier League Productions as quoted by the Metro, Wright commended Chelsea for what he described a ‘brilliant’ signing.
“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,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“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.”
Ziyech has scored 48 goals and assisted an incredible 82 in 160 appearances for Ajax Amsterdam since joining the club from Eredivisie rivals FC Twente four years ago.
The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester City among other clubs over the past few seasons, but Chelsea got their man after watching him closely in the Uefa Champions League this season.