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Ziyech wants a move away from Chelsea and is ready to move to Barcelona in the proposed swap deal. Credits: Twitter

Football opinions are often weird and something similar has been dropped by former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart, who claims the North Londoners can bring the Premier League title home if they secure the services of Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech. Tottenham last won the English top flight in 1960/61 season, but have never lifted the league title in the Premier League era. Moreover, they last won a trophy 14 years ago, the League Cup in 2008. Amidst a poor record, their former player feels Ziyech is the one who could land them their first title in over 6 decades.

It comes as a rather strange claim since the Moroccan himself has struggled at Chelsea after joining them in 2020 from Ajax for a fee of £37 million. Hakim Ziyech arrived with a massive hype around him, having worked wonders with the Dutch side, netting 49 goas and racking up 81 assists in 165 games. His exploits in Holland saw him become a part of Chelsea’s blockbuster summer 2020, wherein the club brought in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy alongside the Ajax playmaker. However, Ziyech has failed to live up to the expectations in London and is looking for a new club per multiple reports.

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Former Spurs midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart feels the club could win the Premier League if they sign Hakim Ziyech. Credits: Twitter

Van der Vaart urges Hakim Ziyech to swap sides in London

Hakim Ziyech has evidently failed to reach the heights he was once at in Holland, and repeatedly fallen out of favour with Chelsea managers. While Frank Lampard was the last man to trust his signing at Stamford Bridge, his ousting saw the 29-year-old attacker’s game time at the club reduced by new manager Thomas Tuchel. And same has prolonged under Graham Potter, who succeeded Tuchel last month.

With playing minutes being cut game after game, Ziyech was reportedly ready to move out of Stamford Bridge this summer. Italian champions AC Milan were confirmed in conversation with the wantaway Chelsea star, only for the Blues to eventually block a move. Van der Vaart now feels the Champions League winner should move from West London to North London and join Tottenham. The former Holland international told Ziggo Sport:

“Hakim Ziyech has to join Tottenham. If Tottenham get Hakim Ziyech, they could win the Premier League. I am serious. Of course, he never really has a smiley face, but now you can see from everything that he is not having a good time. I hope he goes to a club where he can just play and not worry about anything else. Ziyech is a boy that always has to play when you get him. When you get players, you buy them not only for their footballing qualities but also for how someone is.”

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Hakim Ziyech to Tottenham could be far from reality. Credits: Twitter

While Rafael van der Vaart opines Hakim Ziyech is the man who could make Tottenham title winners, the Morocco international himself has only started 30 games in the English top flight across two-and-a-half-years since he signed for the Blues. Moreover, he has only contributed to 12 goals [6 goals and 6 assists] in the Premier League, which further make Van der Vaart’s claims outrageous.

Ziyech does have a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup winners medal to show from his Chelsea stint, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He started a mere 2 games out of 13 and contributed only 2 goals in the Blues’ run-up to lift the Champions League title during the 2020/21 season. He didn’t even feature in the Super Cup and Club World Cup as Tuchel decided to do it without the £37 million man.

However, one thing everybody could agree from Van der Vaart’s claims is Ziyech needs to leave Chelsea and grab an opportunity somewhere else. At 29, he is in his peak powers to perform on the pitch but is rather spending majority of the time on the bench at Stamford Bridge. But a potential move to Tottenham would be far from reality since Chelsea won’t sell their player who still can peak at his best to their direct rivals in the league.