Will Hakim Ziyech be the first signing of the Brands era at Everton?

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord at Amsterdam ArenA on January 21, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Marcel Brands has been appointed Everton's new director of football so will Ziyech be his first recommendation?

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord at Amsterdam ArenA on January 21, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The announcement that Marcel Brands is to become Everton's new director of football has inevitably left supporters wondering just who one of the most respected talent-spotters in Dutch football might help bring to the club.

Hakim Ziyech is a name that has already been linked with a move to the blue half of Merseyside [as reported by Calciomercato.com]. The Ajax star is widely regarded as the best player in the Eredivisie, a play-maker with superb technique and an incredible goal and assist return - nine and 17 respectively in the Dutch top flight this term.

At 25, there is the sense now is the time for him to seek pastures new; finding a fresh challenge where his talents can truly be put to the test.

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Understandably, Everton fans may have some concerns given their last foray into the Dutch market. Davy Klaassen arrived on Merseyside with a similar reputation, only to flounder as the demands of English football took a swift toll on his performances and confidence to boot.

With the Netherlands international out of the equation and Wayne Rooney seemingly destined for MLS, Ziyech would have the room at Goodison to take a commanding role through the middle as the club's creator-in-chief

Some may still be sceptical. But with Brands' arrival, Everton have someone at the helm with an understanding of Dutch football that can be rivalled by few.

His reputation as a shrewd negotiator also bodes well for a side who mismanaged their spending so spectacularly last year. His recommendation will surely be enough.

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