Mon. May 16th, 2022

Both Tottenham and Chelsea must dig themselves out of tricky situations after losing games recently.

By CHARLIE GORDON

Former Tottenham icon Rafael van der Vaart has called out his old side for failing to rival Chelsea for the signing of Hakim Ziyech back in 2020. The Moroccan has gone on to have a difficult time at Stamford Bridge, while Spurs could certainly use a player of his creative calibre to combat the torrid run of form they currently find themselves in.

Ziyech has made six Chelsea appearances this season, scoring once, although only two of those games were in the Premier League.

So far, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount have laid claim to the starting spots either side of Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea’s attack.

Ziyech has a wand of a left foot and has often been deployed on the right flank by Thomas Tuchel, although solid runs in the team have been hard to come by.

Van der Vaart had quite the left peg of his own, and he feels as though Ziyech could have been better served by heading to north London rather than Chelsea.

“With hindsight, it’s easy, but I think it was a wrong choice,” he told Ziggo Sport.

“I hope he still fully blossoms, but if he had gone to Tottenham, for example. They are lacking a player like him.

“He played very well at Ajax and did the same against Tottenham. Just take him then.

“With a player like that, Tottenham are title contenders, and they’re not now because they have all the same kind of players. It was a pity he went to Chelsea.”

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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