Hakim Ziyech put in an exceptional performance for Morocco in their 2-0 win over Belgium yesterday, offering a very strong signal to AC Milan.
MilanNews talk about a performance that saw defensive retreats, cleaning up loose balls, interceptions, recoveries, counter-attacks and also lots and lots of quality from set piece situations. It was an impeccable example of a great display on the biggest stage, and his assist for the Toulouse striker Zakaria Aboukhlal to make it 2-0 and seal the game showed his quality.
The report adds that Milan fans are starting to fantasise about his possible arrival in January after the links over the past few transfer windows. His willingness to play deeper and help on the defensive side shows he could well offer the balance that many thought he could not.
In a Milan side that demands the filling of spaces and the ability to be a fluid and compact team, the 29-year-old could be a perfect piece to raise the technical level of the right side, and he can also play as a playmaker.
The final decision in January will be Chelsea’s call: the player has always fought for space and is tired of continuing to be a second or third choice. However, Milan are expected to try and will bet on Ziyech’s desire to be a protagonist.