Chelsea’s start to the season has not been short of entertainment.
Since an opening day drubbing at the hands of Manchester United, the goals have flowed. The Blues have scored 25 goals in their last 10 Premier League games since that defeat, as well as putting seven past Grimsby in the Carabao Cup.
Is Kurt Zouma back to his best?
Their 4-4 draw against Ajax at Stamford Bridge capped off a breathless start to the season, with the Dutch champions having both centre-backs sent off, as well as conceding two penalties.
Frank Lampard’s side were also denied a late winner after Cesar Azpilicueta saw his goal ruled out by VAR.
An unlikely hero of this side’s progression has been Kurt Zouma. The French international started the season in the worst way possible, conceding a penalty in the first half of the first game.
Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength (as highlighted by Football.London), and surprised many Blues fans with a surging run from his own half against Ajax, which saw him beat multiple defenders before eventually firing a shot over the bar.
Here’s how some Chelsea fans reacted to that run and his start to the season, with one supporter even comparing him to Liverpool titan Virgil van Dijk:
Easily our best CB. Zouma has statistically been putting our VVD numbers for nearly 2 months.
— JMH (@ChelseaCentral_) November 5, 2019
I absolutely loved it🔥. Love how he now has confidence on the ball. But the finish tho 😂😂😂👏
— KB 🎭🇬🇭♂️ (@kwamebenaiah) November 5, 2019
And fifa 20 his pace is 69 🙂 that dude runs faster than usain bolt
— , (@julianfutra) November 5, 2019
He set the mood for the come back. The whole Stamford Bridge was gassed after that run.
— Moyosola ‘layori Oso (@Spectmo) November 5, 2019
As awkward as his stepovers were, he actually sold it perfectly
— Andrew (@carefreechorizo) November 5, 2019
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Zouma got into beast mode 🔥🔵
— play maker (@Ofodile89) November 5, 2019