With Depay gone… could Ziyech be the new star of the Eredivisie?

The Eredivisie is a league which is known for bringing through a lot of talented players, both from Holland and from across the globe. A number of players from the smaller European nations, South America and Africa see it as a platform to move onto bigger things. Hakim Ziyech is a player who is rising in the Eredivisie and could be set for a move this close season, despite only joining FC Twente last summer. The playmaker is of Moroccan descent, but he is a Dutch youth international, who is beginning to make his mark at the age of 22 writes  Jake Jackman.

Ziyech joined FC Twente at the beginning of this season from SC Heerenveen which was an excellent move for him as his game has come on leaps and bounds this campaign. The midfielder has managed to score 11 Eredivisie goals across the two clubs, while also managing to contribute an impressive 12 assists, which is a very productive return in the final third for a player featuring mainly in the centre of midfield. His creative ability and his ability to score goals make him a very attractive option for a number of clubs across the continent, while a future in the Dutch national side is not beyond him.

It was at Heerenveen where Ziyech broke onto the scene and he developed quickly, and was a fan favourite at the club, even managing to win the club’s player of the year award last year ahead of the free scoring Alfred Finnbogason. In the opening weeks of the season, Hakim Ziyech scored at Feyenoord with a superb free kick and was applauded off by the home fans after he outclassed their side. Although he rejected the Rotterdam giants just days later, it showed that it is hard not to be impressed by the youngster’s talent, even when you are the opposition.

As well as having talent, Ziyech is very driven and that showed in the summer as he opted to move to FC Twente over the more lucrative option of joining Feyenoord. The midfielder wanted assurances over playing in the number ten role and they weren’t given by the latter who already had Lex Immers. It was a big mistake as Ziyech has showed his undoubted quality since his move to the Enschede.

The Dutchman is an offensive minded player, who likes to attack with speed with his dynamic style of play, and his eye for a pass makes him impossible to defend against, especially when in combination with the rest of a very pacy and technical Twente attack. Last season Twente were heavily reliant on Dusan Tadic in the final third before he moved to Southampton, but Ziyech has replaced the Serbian international seamlessly. He may not have achieved the numbers that Tadic did, but his influence on the team is just as crucial.

Ziyech is a work in progress with his passing needing work as he can be careless in possession at times, but his technical ability from set pieces and ability to run with the ball show that he could grow into a very effective attacking midfield player. He can put in excellent deliveries from set pieces and has scored a number of free kicks in his short career to date. The Twente midfielder is also very dangerous with his long range shots, and his eye for a defence splitting through ball is up there with the very best in the league.

The future for the Dutch national side is bright with a number of very exciting attacking players coming through at the moment, and Ziyech has the potential to be one of the best. He has the talent to become a really good player and the maturity of the decisions he is making regarding his career will help him achieve that. This summer is too soon for him to be considering a move away from the Eredivisie, but with Memphis Depay departing for Old Trafford, there is room for a new star of the league to emerge and Hakim Ziyech is one of the few players with the potential to fill it.


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