Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has already recorded an astounding number of goals and assists this season and we’ve only just started December.
Last year Ajax embarked on a fairy tale campaign. They won both the Dutch league and cup and almost reached the Champions League before heartbreakingly losing to Tottenham at the very last minute possible.
With Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt leaving in the summer, it was believed that the Moroccan playmaker would join them in the mass exodus. However, despite having a reported release clause of a mere €25m, none of the top European clubs came for him. In the end, the 26-year old ended up signing a new contract with Ajax instead.
Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has already recorded an astounding number of goals and assists this season
In hindsight though, this has proven to be a huge mistake. Ziyech is now enjoying a phenomenal season with the Dutch Champions. In 19 games across all competitions, the midfielder has already registered a mind boggling 20 assists and 8 goals already.
This pass from Hakim Ziyech is a thing of beauty. You can never get tired of watching this.😍pic.twitter.com/Ed3f5cKBUD
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) September 5, 2019
To the naysayers that would claim that Ziyech plays in an easier national league, 8 of his assists have come in the Champions League itself. He made 3 assists in the 4 qualifying round matches and has scored a further 5 in 5 champions league matches in a group that consists of Chelsea and Valencia.
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 27, 2019
His 8 goals are also not too shabby for a player who spends most of his minutes in the middle of the pitch and could have ended up with more if his bending free-kick, that found the back of the net after hitting Chelsea Keeper Kepa’s face wasn’t awarded an own goal.
This about as unlucky as it gets 🙈
Hakim Ziyech’s cross hits Kepa square in the face and goes in. Wait for the slow-motion replays… 😬 pic.twitter.com/NRJb5JHeQx
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 5, 2019
Regardless, Hakim Ziyech, who joined Ajax from FC Twente for a low sum of 11 million Euros has already proven to be one of the best in Europe and has helped them remain a force, both in Netherlands, where they are yet to be beaten, and in Europe where they currently top their group with a game left.
Although it is unlikely that Ajax will let go of him in January, the top European clubs may have already earmarked him as a potential buy in the summer. However, this time, he will surely cost them a lot more than the €25m they would have paid this year.
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