Chelsea have found themselves a new John Terry in Kurt Zouma. Especially when it comes to a goal-scoring defender.
Zouma, who joined Chelsea for £12 million from St. Etienne as a teenager in January 2014, has been reborn after a difficult injury. He tore his cruciate ligament in February of 2016 against Manchester United, which affected him physically and mentally.
He needed a series of loan spells to get back to his best, and following last season’s transfer ban he has established himself as a mainstay in the heart of Chelsea’s defense, alongside Thiago Silva this season.
The Frenchman has been one of our side’s standout performers this campaign. His physicality and aerial prowess have been his greatest assets, and has had a huge impact for his side this season, winning everything in both boxes.
Zouma has won 74.5 percent of his duels this season in the league, which puts him among the top 20 players in Europe.
The French man is the highest scoring defender in Europe, scoring four league goals so far this season.
Kurt Zouma has expressed his delight on his impact from set-pieces, and says his hard work on the training ground is paying off and that he can be a threat in those situations.
“I’m trying to help the team as much as possible. I know I can be a threat from set-pieces. I work hard in training and I’ve got the technical staff to help me with that. We know this season we can score many goals from open play but also from set-pieces, it’s working at the moment but we have to keep going like that.”
Frank Lampard has been pleased with him so far. The Chelsea boss said “When I came here I knew that a guy like Kurt would be a big deal for me and he is showing that in terms of how he is playing. I am delighted with him.
“A lot of defending is about concentration and he has got that. He has got so many attributes that are great for a centre back. The eye catching thing is the number of goals he’s scoring from set-pieces and for me that is as a result of more confidence and more belief in himself.
“He trains every day, he doesn’t miss a day, he wants to do extras, he wants to work, he wants to do better, and those things to me are just absolutely fundamental to how players improve. And at the minute, the level he is playing at week in week out is brilliant and long may it continue. He deserves it.”
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Written by- Raphael (@finallyRaphael)
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