Chelsea playmaker would be ideal partner for Tottenham's Kane and Son, says Van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart claims “creative” Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech would make “a big impact” in Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side

Ziyech showcased his all-round game in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Spurs last week.

According to Pat Nevin, it was the 28-year-old’s best performance in a Chelsea shirt.

Like many other Chelsea attackers, however, Ziyech has struggled with consistency and only made nine starts in the Premier League so far.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law even mentioned Ziyech among the four Chelsea players who have had frustration over a lack of game time under Thomas Tuchel.

Interestingly, Van der Vaart has recently urged Tottenham to sign the Morocco international.

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“I’ve been saying that for some time now, but I believe Ziyech is the type of player who could make a big impact in the current Spurs team,” the former Netherlands international told The Times.

“With a playmaker like him, chances are things will start to go much better.

“Then Son doesn’t have to go deep to collect the ball and Kane can just remain up front as a striker as well.

“Because they miss someone who can feed them those balls. Now they have to work too hard.”

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Obviously, Ziyech’s joining Spurs would be the last thing that most Chelsea fans would want to hear.

However, based on his comments, Van der Vaart clearly believes the Morocco international is an ideal playmaker to unleash top forwards.

Chelsea are unlikely going to play a counter-attacking football the way Antonio Conte’s Spurs side does, but Ziyech is clearly capable of being Tuchel’s primary creative output.

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