Tottenham Hotspur cult hero Rafael van der Vaart revealed to Voetbal Primeur last month that he had told Daniel Levy to sign Hakim Ziyech from another of his former clubs – Ajax.
Spurs saw Ziyech’s talents up close in last season’s Champions League semi-final, and the Moroccan served up another reminder of what he is capable of in last night’s 4-4 draw with Chelsea.
Ziyech chalked up three assists, the pick of which was this unbelievable in-swinging cross to the back post for Quincy Promes to steer home.
Yessssss 1-2!!! #PROMES what a pass by #ziyech what a goal! Letssss gooo boys!! #Ajax #chelsea #ChampionsLeague #eredivisie #PremierLeague #goal #but #tor #golaso #WeTalKajax pic.twitter.com/S68T24DsxB— EyeJax (@eye_jax) November 5, 2019
The skill and precision to manoeuvre the ball around six Chelsea defenders, with just enough movement to reach Promes without giving the goalkeeper a chance to intercept, is reminiscent of, dare I say it, Christian Eriksen at his best.
If and when Eriksen does move on, we would be wise to listen to Rafa on who we may replace him with.