Pundit Kevin Campbell has given his opinion on a possible Everton move for Hakim Ziyech, while labelling the Chelsea man as a ‘quality player’.
Ziyech came through Heerenveen’s academy before joining FC Twente and then Ajax in August 2016. The attacking midfielder, who can also operate as a winger, impressed while at the Amsterdam club.
He amassed 49 goals and 80 assists for Ajax, helping them to win an Eridivisie title, the KNVB Cup and one Dutch super cup.
The attacker also put in some great performances during Ajax’s route to the Champions League semi-final in 2019. He bagged against Tottenham in the second leg too, although Spurs scored in injury time to reach the final.
Chelsea spent around £37million to bring Ziyech to the Premier League two years ago. While he has won several trophies at Stamford Bridge, the Morocco international has never really made a huge impact, for a full season at least.
He faces competition from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner for a spot behind Kai Havertz in attack.
And reports suggest Ziyech could leave the Blues this summer to make a bigger impact elsewhere. This would also help to improve Chelsea’s transfer funds.
As per Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are in talks with AC Milan over his exit. Thomas Tuchel is willing to let Ziyech go, and the player is also happy to move to Italy.
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Ziyech has also been linked with a surprise move to Everton. Journalist Dean Jones claims Frank Lampard wants to work with the 29-year-old again, following their time together at Chelsea.
Campbell doesn’t dispute Ziyech’s talent, but he reckons Everton should be prioritising other positions during the current window.
During an interview with Goodison News, the former striker said: “I think he’s a quality player, definitely a quality player.
“For the package, what it’s going to be, I don’t know.
“I think Everton have got quite a few needs and for me Hakim Ziyech isn’t a big need right now.
“Obviously he’s a quality player but fixing that midfield, getting some defenders in, I think that’s really the priority.
“And probably another forward with obviously Richarlison gone, they’re going to need another forward in to help Dominic Calvert-Lewin.”
Campbell has a point. Everton need to focus on strengthening their centre-forward options following Richarlison’s move to Tottenham. They don’t want to be relying on Calvert-Lewin to score pretty much all of their goals, especially after his injury problems last term.
Plus, Everton already have decent options out wide. Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Anthony Gordon are all available to Lampard.
One potential striker solution for the Toffees is Mohamed Bayo of Clermont Foot.