Kieft does not doubt Ziyech: ‘But even Zlatan and Pogba were shocked’

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Wim Kieft has no doubts that Hakim Ziyech can handle the level at Chelsea. The Moroccan playmaker was initially criticized at Ajax, but managed to develop into a very important player in Amsterdam, the former striker observes in his column in De Telegraaf.


Some still doubt whether he will make it in the Premier League. But why would you still doubt him? He has played quite a few matches in the Champions League at a fairly high level and that competition is still rising above the Premier League, ‘said Kieft. “What he does run into is that there will soon be no more game like Ajax-RKC or Ajax-Fortuna.”

Kieft, however, thinks Ziyech is ready for the ‘killer’ pace in the Premier League. The 27-year-old midfielder has also developed strongly physically. ‘When I looked at that early disturbing of him, in all phases that put pressure on Ajax, it wasn’t sick. Then you have something to offer. ‘

Ziyech does have an adjustment period, just like Timo Werner and possibly Kai Havertz. ‘Good players, but even top footballers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba were shocked in the beginning. What a stupid pace this is, you saw Zlatan think. So everyone needs time to get used to football there. ‘

With Frank Lampard, Ziyech has ‘a relaxed coach’, who knows how the hares run in English football. Not a poser or someone seeking attention. That’s why he found jumping and screaming from Jürgen Klopp’s assistant Pepijn Lijnders so irritating. He just wants to show how great his influence is. ‘

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