West Ham United completed the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a four-year deal [Sky Sports].
The Lowdown: Frustrating transfer window for Hammers has bred anxiety amongst support
In what has been a frustrating transfer window for everyone connected with the Hammers, many supporters have experienced feelings of agitation due to the lack of incomings at the club this summer with only two previous additions; Craig Dawson and Alphonse Areola [Transfermarkt].
Whether a deliberate ploy owing to their tight knitted squad, or a result of a fragmented and disorganised approach to the market, the Irons have left any major business very late indeed.
Adding to the positive trajectory of the club however, they have now finally sealed a major incoming which will excite the London Stadium faithful.
Will Zouma be a key player for West Ham?
The Latest: Zouma signs on Saturday
Following a medical on Thursday, Zouma signed on the dotted line for the Hammers on Saturday, penning a deal until summer 2025 [Sky Sports].
He had previously fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after seven years at the club.
In a big money transfer, the 6 foot 3 colossus will swap blue for claret and blue in a deal worth £29.8 million.
The Verdict: Zouma will be a key player for West Ham
Famed for his athleticism and dominant presence in the backline, Zouma is a significant positional upgrade on anyone the Hammers currently have in central defence. This is illustrated in his average rate of 3.6 successful aerial duels per fixture in the 2020/21 Premier League [WhoScored].
Becoming a serial winner during his time at Chelsea, the France international managed to get his hands on two Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League and a League Cup, playing an important part in all triumphs [Transfermarkt].
Having previous experience at the elite level, Zouma will provide West Ham with European nous as they look towards their maiden Europa League group stage charge. All in for his former employers, he racked up 16 goal contributions in 151 appearances; 10 goals and six assists [Transfermarkt].
Moving forward, the 26-year-old should be immediately integrated into being a key part of the Irons’ starting line-up.
In other news, West Ham United fans react to their Europa League fixture confirmation. Find out more here.
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