Tony Pulis has warned that one has to be very careful over buying players from the Eredivisie after Chelsea confirmed a deal with Ajax to sign Morocco international Hakim Ziyech.
Chelsea now await an agreement of personal terms with the winger who’ll move to Stamford Bridge on July 1 for an initial fee of £33m.
Hakim Ziyech is Chelsea’s first signing since the appointment of Frank Lampard. They were unable to make any signings in the winter transfer window but now have this move sorted out.
However, Pulis has a warning for Lampard and Chelsea over their latest recruit: “I just think you’ve got to be very, very careful,” Pulis said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“Dutch football is not Premier League football.
“For all what he’s done and what he’s achieved and if they’re spending that much money you hope and pray that you get it right, but there’s different levels and there’s different levels in respect of the European leagues.
“The Dutch league is a good league, Ajax were fabulous last year and they’ve been good this year, a good group of players and they’ve been unbelievable in respect of bringing good players through.
“But the Premier League is a different animal to the Dutch league.”