“He is always able to provide for the striker” – Van der Vaart hails player as the best option for Chelsea

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Former Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes Hakim Ziyech should always start for Chelsea.

Van der Vaart told Ziggo Sport, when asked why he would pick Ziyech for Chelsea and whether it was just because he knows the player from his time at Ajax: “No, it’s because he’s the best option.

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“He is always able to provide for the striker and Giroud needs guys like him. Mount plays in exactly the same way, so that’s why I would pick him too.”

Ziyech joined Chelsea from Ajax for £36m ($50m) in July 2020, after the transfer was initially agreed between the clubs in January. However, knee and hip injuries have restricted the winger to 29 appearances in all competitions.

He has completed 90 minutes on just one occasion, a 4-1 Premier League victory against Sheffield United.

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