Gus Poyet warns Chelsea about Hakim Ziyech's move to the Premier League

Former Blues player Gus Poyet has said Hakim Ziyech will get people excited with his play but has also warned Chelsea about the mixed success of those who have taken the leap from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.

Poyet believes Ziyech, whose summer transfer to Chelsea was announced in February, is “the type of player who excites people in the stands and gets people to buy tickets”.

The former Chelsea midfielder told Goal: “I thought last year he was outstanding, every time he got the ball you thought something would happen with creating chances and scoring goals.

“He is more direct but he always tries to affect the offensive play of the team which is exciting for people.

“When people go to watch football, they pay to watch teams win but also see something special.”

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But the Bordeaux manager still has his reservations about Ziyech.

He thinks the Ajax man will need time to settle in the Premier League.

He said: “Now we can go through 20 names of players that perform at an incredible level in Holland with a few playing very well in England but the majority didn’t.

“It depends on how quickly he adapts to football and life in England.”

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Ziyech has spent most of his career in the Netherlands. He has been at three different Eredivisie clubs: Heerenveen, Twente and Ajax.

However, his impressive performances in the Champions League against top European teams over the past two seasons should give Chelsea fans some assurance of what he could bring to Stamford Bridge.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.