Thomas Tuchel’s Wizard Has Lost His Magic And Created Another Problem For Chelsea To Solve
Thomas Tuchel’s wizard has lost his magic and created another problem for Chelsea to solve.
The Moroccan star struggled against Barnsley on Thursday and has played just twice since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge. It’s virtually impossible for football clubs to keep transfer deals quiet in the modern era. Someone, somewhere, will let slip a move has been agreed. From that point on, the news snowballs.
Yet on this day a year ago, Ajax posted a statement on their website which caught everyone off guard. It read: “Ajax has reached an agreement with Chelsea FC on the transfer from Hakim Ziyech to the English club. The transition is effective from the coming season, as of July 1, 2020. The clubs have agreed a transfer fee of €40million, which can go up to €44million through variables. The current contract of the attacking midfielder at Ajax runs until June 30, 2022.”
Chelsea followed soon after: “Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer. The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season. The deal, which was officially completed ten days later, appeared to suit every party.
Chelsea had secured one of Europe’s most consistent playmakers; Ajax would get to benefit from Ziyech’s talents for the remainder of the campaign; the Morocco international would have time to set up a life in England.