Kurt Happy Zouma. An extremely talented defender who has yet to be afforded a proper chance at Chelsea, making only 71 appearances since joining the club. And it makes you wonder, with such a poor defence, just what is holding the Frenchman back?
Chelsea conceded 56 goals in all competitions last season, so you’d think ahead of a new season, under a new manager, with a transfer ban, Zouma could finally get regular appearances. However, you’re wrong.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Everton manager Marco Silva said he was hopeful that the club could sign Zouma on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
Selling Zouma could be one of the worst decisions of this summer’s transfer window for Chelsea, who need to retain the service of the French defender. As mentioned above, Chelsea struggled massively last season, conceding 56 goals in all competitions, including four away at Bournemouth and six away at Manchester City.
The £22.5m rated man held similar statistics to Chelsea starting defenders David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger last season. The 24-year-old beat his two Chelsea counterparts in interception, fouls, dribbles past him and clearances made per game last season. The French international has shown that he has more than enough talent to succeed at Stamford Bridge, so it makes it all the more baffling why the club would consider letting him go.
If he is sold, Zouma’s sale could represent everything wrong with Chelsea’s transfer policy at this moment in time. Buying talented youngsters, only to sell them to make a profit is the wrong stance to be taking, especially when you consider that player could improve the team.
Chelsea faltered massively in defence last season and could use considerable upgrades this summer. However, with a transfer ban, they need to consider alternatives like retaining loan players rather than letting them leave. Zouma is an extremely talented youngster who would improve the centre of Chelsea’s defence, however, if he is sold, serious questions need to be asked about the club and their transfer policy.