Pat Nevin on what makes Kurt Zouma a true Chelsea defender

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma scored his second goal for Chelsea in the 3-0 victory over Watford.

The Blues overcame their Championship opposition in the FA Cup on Sunday, with goals from Willian, Loic Remy and Zouma clinching the victory after a tough-fought battle.

Zouma was one of the stand-out performers in the game, with his solid presence in the back-line limiting the Hornets to long-range chances, and acting as something of a sweeping playmaker when play advanced to the halfway line.

It was his 10th game for the Blues following his arrival for St-Etienne over the summer, having made three starts in both Champions League and League Cup, and three Premier League substitute appearances. Whilst his career in English league football has yet to truly start, he has looked impressive in his outings in other competitions, and, at the age of just 20, he is sure to have a long and bright career at Stamford Bridge.

Seen as a long-term replacement for club captain John Terry, Zouma has shown many of the traits that make him look like a natural successor to the 34-year-old, and he has been praised for his reading of the game and technical ability on the ball.

However, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that it is one other trait that makes Zouma the perfect ‘Chelsea’ style of defender - his goalscoring.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Nevin said: “Kurt Zouma in particular is showing that he is a huge danger in the opposition’s box, something that is a basic prerequisite of being a Chelsea centre-back when you consider how John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic have notched over the past few years.”

Both Zouma’s goals have been from being in the opposition’s box from set pieces, and he was unlucky to not have a third strike to his name with Jon Obi Mikel turning his goal bound header into the net against Sporting CP in the Champions League. Already looking like a solid defender and strong attacking force, it will surely not be too long before Zouma is making his mark in the Premier League, and showing he is a worthy replacement for John Terry.

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