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Hakim Ziyech spent four solid years at Ajax, and it wasn’t all rosy for the Moroccan international.
Dutch great Wim Kieft, has revealed how Ziyech’s game developed over the years, and he matured in his performance.
According to Kieft, Ziyech used to be unnecessarily flamboyant at times and was criticised at first, but he cut the excesses and went on to become the star of the team.
Kieft has also backed Ziyech to perform in the Premier League as well.
For his column with De Telegraaf, quoted by Voetbalzone, Wim Kieft declared: “Everyone has had to find fault with him in the past, but the most important thing is that Ziyech has always adapted to the level at which he ended up.
“At Ajax that went in fits and starts. He was criticised a lot because he lost a lot of ball. He himself had the intelligence to not want to make every action at a certain moment. He started to pull back a little. There were times when I thought he could be a bit less, but in his totality, he has developed very well and he became an important player at Ajax.
“Some still doubt whether he will make it in the Premier League. But why would you still doubt him? He has played a lot of games at a fairly high level in the Champions League and that competition is still slightly above the Premier League.”