Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech impressed for Morocco in their 1-0 defeat against Portugal on Wednesday that saw them eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, and Everton fans have urged their club to sign the 25-year-old, who is rated at £22.5m by Transfermarkt.
The silky attacker has tended to play as a central attacking midfielder for club and country in recent times, but he started out on the left-hand side against the Euro 2016 winners on Wednesday, and he made a big impression despite his nation failing to get on the score-sheet.
According to WhoScored.com, he had four shots and made four key passes, while he also successfully completed three dribbles to suggest that he could be a good addition to the Toffees frontline alongside the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun this season.
Everton supporters, who hate the idea of signing a 26-year-old attacking target following his opening World Cup performance, were quick to have their say on Ziyech’s latest display via social media, and while one said “Ziyech could be the new Mahrez”, another said “throw a load of money at Ziyech please”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
If I had to choose one player to sign from the Portugal-Morocco game it wouldn't be Carvalho, it'd be Ziyech.
— Neil Tyler (@NDTyler_EFC) June 20, 2018
Hachim Ziyech on the other hand…
❌ Decision making
❌ Liverpool linked with him
Plays alongside a top class no10 in Belhanda, so no reason he can’t function with Sigurdsson at #EFC
— Josh O’Collins (@toffeejoc) June 20, 2018
Off Tosun and whoever else we buy up front. Need another striker. Cheryshev and Ziyech would be nice ? #Everton
— Tudor (@toffeetaff) June 21, 2018
Hakim Ziyech made 142 Key Passes last season in the Erevidisie. Say you halved them because of the quality of the league that would still be 71! That would put him in the top 8 in that statistic in the Premier league! Sign him @Everton
— El Pivote (@elpivoteftbl) June 20, 2018
Don't rate Carvalho. Ziyech could be the new Marez. Mark my words. #Everton
— FilmMechanics (@filmmechanics) June 20, 2018
— Tudor (@toffeetaff) June 20, 2018
I know he's probably going to Roma but can @Everton throw a load of money at Ziyech pls.
— Daniel Horne (洪時安) (@Dandan217) June 20, 2018
Give me Ziyech please @Everton
— Andy Mc (@Amcgregor21) June 20, 2018
ziyech hasn't got a world cup to worry about now @Everton 👀
— Mark Foster (@markfoster1878) June 20, 2018