Ex-Chelsea star Gronkjaer opens up on the summer arrival of Hakim Ziyech
Jasper Gronkjaer has opened up and claimed that he believes Hakim Ziyech will be an instant success when he arrives at Chelsea.
Ziyech had an amazing season last year for the Dutch Champions and netted and helped Ajax reclaim their Dutch title, while also reaching the Champions League semi-finals, only to lose to a Tottenham side that was in form.
There are some out there that believe that Ziyech will have trouble adjusting to the Premier League, but former star Gronkjaer believes that Ziyech will hit the ground running when he arrives.
He told GOAL: ‘Ziyech was the one who has caught my eye over the past two seasons even though he wasn’t produced by Ajax’s academy.
‘You need players like that. I think all the top clubs will have looked at Ziyech and asked the question if he is good enough for our team.
‘He is a fantastic player but I think for Chelsea he will be in the starting XI straight away. ‘Almost all the clubs in the Premier League could afford someone like Ziyech. Newcastle will be right up there competing in the market again. It is a good signing and he will start a lot.
‘Also, we still have yet to see the true potential of Christian Pulisic as well because he is going to be a great player as well. So those are things to look forward to at Chelsea.
‘Adapting to the Premier League is more of a mental challenge than anything else.
‘When you play for Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV then you are in teams that dominate possession, create chances and score lots of goals all the time.
‘There’s a lot more space too. Now, in the Premier League, the learning curve isn’t there and you have to produce from day one.
‘It is more physical and faster but now compared to my day, it is more technical. You have lots of skilful players and every team have great technicians which makes it easier.’
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