Sourcing a more youthful option at centre-back will surely be near the top of Ronald Koeman’s transfer agenda this summer, with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams both the wrong side of 30, and he’ll be hard pressed to find another young centre-half with as much potential as Kurt Zouma.
A long-term injury has inevitably impacted his development and game-time since Antonio Conte took the Stamford Bridge hot seat last summer but previously, the France international’s performance levels verged upon phenomenal, combining an impressive reading of the game with simply dominant physicality.
Conte looks unlikely to break up his title-winning back three any time soon and it could even be argued Zouma doesn’t particularly suit the system anyway. So after making just three Premier League starts during 2016/17, this summer is undoubtedly the time to convince him his future is with another club that can guarantee him game-time.
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