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Hakim Ziyech was one of the star players for the Ajax team, with the Dutch side having a good mix of young players who were successful in the Champions League two seasons ago.
Ajax have sold off some of their top stars from the squad that reached the Champions League semifinal last season, with Matthijs de Ligt moving to Juventus, Frenkie de Jong moving to Barcelona, Hakim Ziyech moving to Chelsea, and Donny van de Beek moving to Manchester United.
Ziyech was in good form last season for the Dutch side, and also troubled Chelsea when Chelsea met Ajax in the Champions League last term. However, he is yet to replicate such heights at Chelsea.
Ziyech started out fine under Frank Lampard, but injuries halted his progress. He has even stalled more under new boss Thomas Tuchel, as he looks far from impressive under the German gaffer.
However, Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit doesn’t blame anyone for Ziyech’s struggle, but has rather pointed to the player’s inability to adapt.
Speaking recently to De Telegraaf, Gullit said even other ex- Ajax stars are struggling for their new clubs, including Manchester United’s Van de Beek and Barcelona’s De Jong, and he insists it would take some time for them to come good.
The Chelsea legend said, “They are great players, but even they are struggling.
“Whether it is Donny van de Beek at Manchester United, Hakim Ziyech [playing for Chelsea] and even Frenkie de Jong [playing for Barcelona].
“De Jong is sometimes still a bit changeable. But he is the furthest one of all those players in adapting to his new club and new environment.”