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Tottenham could win the Premier League title if they sign Hakim Ziyech according to former player

Rafael van der Vaart claims Tottenham could WIN the Premier League if they sign Hakim Ziyech from bitter rivals Chelsea in January… as Marco van Basten says it’s ‘pity for the whole of football’ that he’s stuck on the bench 

  • Hakim Ziyech has made just one start in all competitions for Chelsea this season
  • The Moroccan has been an unused sub in nine out of 17 games for the Blues  
  • Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham could win the title with Ziyech
  • Spurs currently sit five points off league leaders Arsenal after 13 league games
  • Marco van Basten says Ziyech’s ability is being wasted on the Chelsea bench 

Tottenham could make history and win their first Premier League title if they snatch Hakim Ziyech from bitter rivals Chelsea, according to their former player Rafael van der Vaart.  

Antonio Conte‘s side have made a solid start to the season and sit third after 13 games – five points behind leaders Arsenal.  

Chelsea, who are sixth in the table, have barely used Hakim Ziyech this season – with the Moroccan international only making one start so far this campaign. 

Hakim Ziyech has made just one start this season and has been an used sub on nine occasions

Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham could win the title if they sign the 29-year-old winger

Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham could win the title if they sign the 29-year-old winger

Ziyech has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since joining the club back in 2020

Ziyech has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since joining the club back in 2020

‘Hakim Ziyech has to join Tottenham,’ Van der Vaart told Ziggo Sport during their Champions League coverage on Wednesday.

‘If Tottenham get Hakim Ziyech, they could win the Premier League. I am serious.’

The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his £33million move from Ajax in 2020.

His minutes this season hasn't improved since Graham Potter was announced as manager

His minutes this season hasn’t improved since Graham Potter was announced as manager

Marco van Basten says it's a 'pity for the whole of football' that Ziyech is stuck on the bench

Marco van Basten says it’s a ‘pity for the whole of football’ that Ziyech is stuck on the bench

Ziyech (top row third from right) explored a move away from Chelsea during the summer

Ziyech (top row third from right) explored a move away from Chelsea during the summer

This season, he has had to get used to occupying one of the places on Chelsea’s bench, with Ziyech an unused sub in nine out of Chelsea’s 17 games in all competitions.  

Ziyech’s Chelsea career 

2020-21 – 39 appearances (16 off the bench), 6 goals, 4 assists

2021-22 – 44 appearances (17 off the bench), 8 goals, 6 assists

2022-23 – 7 appearances (6 off the bench), 0 goals, 0 assists 

Ziyech had explored the possibility of leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Spurs, Manchester United and AC Milan all linked. 

Van der Vaart’s Ziggo Sport colleague and Dutch legend Marco van Basten, said it’s a ‘pity for the whole of football’ that Ziyech is stuck on the bench.

‘There is another transfer window coming up. It is sad and a shame. Ziyech is a great player. We have to see someone like that, we watch TV for such a player and we come to the stadium.

‘It is a pity for the whole of football that he is on the bench. If these kinds of players do not get minutes, it is not good for football.

‘There should actually be a rule that clubs can only have a certain number of players.

‘So they [Chelsea] have way too many and that actually makes football less interesting. A player like Ziyech could just play at another club and entertain the fans.’

If he were to sensationally join Tottenham, Ziyech would still face a lot of competition against the likes of Son Heung-min and Richarlison.

The claims made on Dutch television perhaps can be explained by his impact at Ajax, where he scored 49 goals in 165 appearances. 

Ziyech was part of the Ajax team that were famously knocked out by Spurs in the semi-finals of the Champions League back in 2019.

Since joining Chelsea, he has made 90 appearances and scored 14 goals.

Van der Vaart played for Tottenham between 2010 and 2012 and made 77 appearances

Van der Vaart played for Tottenham between 2010 and 2012 and made 77 appearances




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