Welcome Back Ake: The new-look Chelsea defence in 2017 including recalled loanee

CB – Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma returned for Chelsea against Peterborough in the FA Cup – after being out of action for nearly a year.

The powerful central defender had cemented his place in the Chelsea first team before his injury, and you would expect him to return to a role of that significance within a matter of weeks.

He is strong, powerful and he reads the game brilliantly – making him perfect for a back 3.

His pace makes him unique with regards to Chelsea’s defensive options, and he will be a great asset. David Luiz has done well, but he was only going to be a short-term option.