Chelsea defender has high praise for 'fantastic talent' Kurt Zouma

Gary Cahill believes Kurt Zouma has plenty of potential.

This summer Chelsea finally welcomed young French talent Kurt Zouma to the club, six months after completing his signature in the January transfer window.

They spent big on the big talent. They paid Saint-Etienne a fee in the region of £12.5 million to tie up his transfer - Zouma immediately saying it was his dream move.

Of course he has some waiting to do. He has John Terry and Gary Cahill in front of him in the pecking order at the moment - but he did get a chance to shine in the League Cup this week.

He partnered Cahill at the heart of Chelsea's defence in a scrappy 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Town.

And Cahill was impressed by the performance of the 20-year-old.

He told the official Chelsea website:

"He’s a big guy; he’s strong, powerful, good in the air and a fantastic talent. He’s a great guy off the pitch and every time he’s been asked to play he’s done really well.

"I’ve always felt pushed since I’ve been at the club. You never feel like the shirt is yours, there’s always somebody either in front of you or right behind you and that’s the way it is throughout your career.

"Kurt’s a fantastic player and a great option for the manager to have, and obviously Iva [Branislav Ivanovic] can play centre-back as well."

Chelsea currently top the table and for many the reason they are top is their incredible strength in depth. Young talents such as Zouma add to that. With Terry getting no younger and Cahill no spring chicken eventually Zouma will be asked to step into the void.

He has Cahill's backing by the sounds of things.

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