Chelsea are in the need of defensive reinforcements as Jose Mourinho doesn’t rate David Luiz highly enough to play him at center back, leaving only John Terry and Gary Cahill as the defenders available to Mourinho. Chelsea have been linked with St. Etienne center back Kurt Zouma, and with a possible move on the cards, here’s a look at three reasons why Chelsea should sign him.
1. Commanding physical presence
The 18 year old has an outstanding physique with a height of 1.87m tall and weight of 85kg. He is hardly a pushover in defense and has great upper body strength. He is one of the quickest center backs in Ligue 1 which helps him make up for any mistakes that he does commit. His strength and pace makes it easy for him to deal with any challenge, be it a more physical forward or a paceier forward- he uses his speed and agility to match up with attackers and dispossess them with his strength.
Zouma’s heading ability is very good, and he is rarely beaten in an aerial duel thanks to the incredible leap that he possesses. This season, Zouma has won 80% of the 45 headed duels, while the figure was an even better 81% of 54 headed duels last season. This could come in really handy for Chelsea when it comes to the defending set-pieces or playing against more physical opponents like Stoke.