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Chelsea: Club must leave Kurt Zouma decision down to next manager

Chelsea: Club must leave Kurt Zouma decision down to next manager

It is probably fair to say that Kurt Zouma had a pretty strong season out on loan at Everton.

At the heart of the Toffees’ defence, the 24-year-old looked good, making more interceptions (1.7) than any other central defender at the club (as per WhoScored).

The Merseyside outfit now appear to be keen on turning that loan spell into a permanent one, with The Telegraph reporting that they have opened negotiations with Chelsea as they look to strike a deal.

It would be pretty stupid, though, if the Stamford Bridge hierarchy went on to sanction a sale in this moment of time. Rather, they should leave the decision down to their next manager whenever he is appointed.

While Maurizio Sarri, of course, often used a central defensive partnership of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, there is nothing to suggest Frank Lampard, who is set to succeed the Italian, will go down the same path.

He might, for example, want more of an aerial presence there — and Zouma would be just that. Last season, the Frenchman won 3.1 aerial duels per game, which is more than Rudiger’s 2.5 and Luiz’s 2.3.

On the other hand, he might be more concerned with how his centre-halves are in possession. With a pass success rate of 83.6%, Zouma would fall short compared to Rudiger (91.5%) and Luiz (88%) in that regard (also per WhoScored).

But the main point is that it would be silly to sell the France international before knowing what exactly their next manager wants from his central defence.

Furthermore, Chelsea should hold off from making any decisions and leave it to their next man in the dugout.

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