Newcastle United might nonetheless be within the operating to signal Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech, with the Moroccan dealing with an unsure future at Stamford Bridge.
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In keeping with journalist Ben Jacobs, who was talking on The Done Deal Show, the Magpies’ potential curiosity within the 29-year-old is “one to look at” within the remaining weeks of the switch window, with the previous Ajax man seemingly set to depart the Blues this summer season.
The switch insider acknowledged: “I do know that Newcastle United just like the participant as effectively, and that’s one to look at regardless that they’ve really been extra linked with Timo Werner, who I feel will need, and is pushing for, that mortgage transfer again to Leipzig.”
The 40-cap gem – who arrived in west London on a £33.3m deal two years in the past – is claimed to be obtainable for as little as £8m, with Serie A champions AC Milan additionally believed to be within the operating.
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Having to date been left frustrated by the membership’s lack of attacking signings, Newcastle supervisor Eddie Howe would undoubtedly be ecstatic if have been he to land such a gifted determine for what would signify a complete discount.
Though it has did not work out for the £100k-per-week Moroccan throughout his time within the Premier League to date – with simply six targets and 6 assists in 46 league video games – that’s maybe been influenced by Thomas Tuchel’s unwillingness at hand him a constant run within the staff, with Ziyech having made simply 14 top-flight begins final time period.
Previous to becoming a member of his present membership, the £25.2m-rated ahead had dazzled throughout his time in Amsterdam, racking up an immense tally of 49 targets and 80 assists in 164 video games in all competitions for the Eredivisie giants.
The fleet-footed “genius” – as dubbed by journalist Nizaar Kinsella – notably recorded a staggering haul of 21 targets and 24 assists in all competitions through the 2018/19 marketing campaign, throughout which Erik ten Hag’s aspect surged to the Champions League semi-finals.
Such figures signify simply how immense a expertise the 5 foot 11 man is, along with his kind lately not seemingly a real indication of his high quality.
Equally, any doubts amongst these at St James’ Park about Ziyech’s potential to make the grade within the Premier League must also be tempered by him incomes comparisons to Manchester Metropolis star Riyad Mahrez from Sky Sports activities pundit Gary Neville in January.
The Manchester United legend stated of the 29-year-old: “He has obtained that Mahrez really feel about him, with a dip of the left shoulder and a stunning left foot”.
That’s excessive reward contemplating the influence that the Algerian has made in English soccer in latest instances, notably profitable the PFA Player of the Year award as Leicester Metropolis secured a outstanding title triumph in 2016, whereas he has since received additional major honours throughout his time on the Etihad Stadium.
Since becoming a member of Pep Guardiola’s aspect in January 2018, the 31-year-old has scored 63 targets and supplied 45 assists in 189 video games in all competitions, with the latest marketing campaign seeing him end as Metropolis’s prime scorer with 24 targets throughout all fronts.
Ziyech seemingly has the standard, as outlined by Neville, to make an analogous influence to that of Mahrez in England, with the Chelsea ace merely needing a extra distinguished, common position to showcase that expertise – one thing that Newcastle can little question provide to him given their ongoing seek for a brand new ahead.