Monday Feb 08, 2021. 10:00
Morocco international Hakim Ziyech says he will get back to his very best soon following a difficult start to life at Chelsea FC.
The 27-year-old playmaker is yet to live up to expectations since he joined the English giants from Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam in a €44 million deal prior to the start of the current season.
Ziyech has struggled with injuries at the London giants having netted once in 11 Premier League games and he says he is yet to reach the peak of his performance for the Blues.
“It was a difficult first halfyear. Of course, I immediately started with an injury, came back, then had another injury. So things are not going the way I had hoped,” Ziyech told Voetbalzone.
“But, as most know, I always believe in myself. I know what I can do, so I don’t worry too much about that. The real Ziyech will be back.
“The Premier League is faster than at Ajax. Luckily I picked that up pretty quickly until I got injured in the first exhibition game, which then throws you back all the way. And not even after that. That was a bummer. ”
Ziyech is keen to impress new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who recently replaced Frank Lampard.
“You know that can happen if the results are not good. It is also not the first time that it happens to me that the trainer is fired, so I know how to deal with that,” he continued.
“But as you know: whether I play on the right or in the centre, that doesn’t really matter to me. As long as I play. That is the most important.”
He was one of the best playmakers in Europe during his time with Ajax where he scored more than 40 goals during his four-year stay with the club.