Can £12m 20-year-old destroy the notion of 'ridiculous' Chelsea defending?

Kurt Zouma

Jose Mourinho's criticism of Chelsea's defending could see him hand Kurt Zouma a role in the back four next season.

Jose Mourinho wasn’t at all complimentary about Chelsea’s defending last night as the Blues were soundly beaten at PSG in the Champions League.

Mourinho had to watch a second mistake from John Terry in as many games and he also witnessed a second own goal in as many games as David Luiz put through his own net.

“I say ridiculous. You say sloppy, I say ridiculous. After the cross comes (for the first goal), we assist the striker and there's no one going for the ball in the crucial position. In the second, it's one of my players on the goal and that's unlucky,” Mourinho told Sky after the game.

“But the way the team were positioned defensively was not correct. And finally, the third one is even more sloppy. Ridiculous.”

The Portuguese coach has key areas of his squad to address this summer with the need for a high profile centre forward quite clear but his approach in relation to his defence is harder to judge.

The Blues need another body in central defence to not only sure things up during rocky spells such as this one, but to inject some fight, energy and competition which will keep players otherwise assured of their places on their toes.

One player who could do just that is the man Chelsea have just signed for £12 million; Kurt Zouma.

The 20-year-old centre back was ultimately bought by the Blues as a long term player for their defence and a long term replacement for someone like John Terry, who is starting to show cracks when he’s asked to play multiple games in a short space of time.

Zouma has been in superb form for Saint-Etienne and Mourinho has given younger defenders a chance in the past, as he did with Raphael Varane during his time at Real Madrid.

Zouma could thrive on being injected into the pressure of holding together the Chelsea back four and he represents a player who could definitely do a job, eradicating the need for Mourinho to go out and buy a high profile defender this summer.

If Chelsea keep David Luiz past the next transfer window then a quartet of Cahill, Terry, Luiz and Zouma could be a very good collective of defensive players to form the basis of a Premier League title challenge next season.

Mourinho is one of the best in the business when it comes to getting the best out of younger and older players, getting them to dance to his tune and inspiring them to play out of their skin.

Chelsea don’t need another defender this summer, they already own one who can improve the back four and eradicate the notion of ‘ridiculous defending’.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch