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Kurt Zouma (Defender)

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Kurt Zouma

Lyon, France
Squad Number: 4
Position: Defender
Born: 27th Oct 1994 (Lyon, France)
Signed: 28th Aug 2021 (£29,800,000)
Contract: 4 years
Previous Club: Chelsea

KUMB Awards: None.

The French international defender joined West Ham following seven highly-successful years at Chelsea during which he won the Premier League and Champions League.

Signed for ??29.8million, Zouma joined West Ham three days before the end of the 2021 summer transfer window following weeks of speculation.

 

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Sunday, 22nd May
(Played 90 minutes)

As above, looked heavy on his feet and wasn't assured.

vs Manchester City

2-2: Sunday, 15th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Of the pair, Zouma made the bigger blocks and the more crucial interceptions.

vs Norwich City

4-0: Saturday, 7th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Some of the sloppier moments at the back had a hint of real arrogance from Kurt, who either switched off or just assumed he wouldn't be challenged by the Norwich players.

vs Arsenal

1-2: Sunday, 1st May
(Played 90 minutes)

Doesn't quite look 100% fit, but then pressed and followed his striker higher up the pitch than he usually does, and on multiple occasions.

vs Brentford

0-2: Sunday, 10th April
(Played 29 minutes)

Wasn't enjoying his game before the tackle. Should have been a yellow card, but the real concern is whether he returns in time for Thursday. His form has been poor the last few games, but his poor form is better than Diop playing.

vs Lyon

1-1: Thursday, 7th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Defended well after the goal, but had he sprinted back after Dembele, Cresswell may have remained on the pitch.

vs Everton

2-1: Sunday, 3rd April
(Played 90 minutes)

The same as Dawson. The centre backs were given a run-out without being given any sort of test.

vs Tottenham

1-3: Sunday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

An own goal, a deflection on another then an awful decision on the third. His worst game since Kidderminster.

vs Seville

2-0: Thursday, 17th March
(Played 120 minutes)

He has been better on the ball, but took command at the back as the game went later and suddenly Sevilla decided they needed to attack consistently. Still, there were a couple of lapses where strikers drifted off his shoulder and he was a little lost.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Sunday, 13th March
(Played 90 minutes)

The better defender of the two. Not making play from the back like Frank Dawsonbauer, but he?EUR(TM)s clearly the best and most assured player in that defence.

vs Seville

0-1: Thursday, 10th March
(Played 90 minutes)

The better of the two centre backs, his quality much more evident. Grew into it after the team's shaky start, looked assured with the ball and then made a huge challenge to stop what looked a goal.

vs Liverpool

0-1: Saturday, 5th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Lucky not to be punished twice early on when Salah got away from him in defence. Settled into it after and defended comfortably.

vs Southampton

1-3: Wednesday, 2nd March
(Played 90 minutes)

The team conceded three, but actually defended well. Zouma was excellent again, some big tackles to recover the odd worrying situation.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-0: Sunday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Since the controversy, he?EUR(TM)s been impeccable on the pitch. In every challenge, he came out looking completely assured and in control of play.

vs Newcastle United

1-1: Saturday, 19th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Positioning was perfect, just calmly dealing with crosses and making defensive interventions that look very easy because he?EUR(TM)s in the right place and making the right decisions.

vs Watford

1-0: Tuesday, 8th February
(Played 90 minutes)

For better or worse, Zouma played very well. Whether he should have had that opportunity is down to your own opinion.

vs Kidderminster Harriers

2-1: Saturday, 5th February
(Played 120 minutes)

Shaky, but he improved for Dawson's presence. Have to hope he was sent back on because they knew it wasn't a bad injury, otherwise we lose our best centre back and are left with Dawson and Diop again.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Saturday, 22nd January
(Played 90 minutes)

When called upon, Zouma was note perfect. Eased his way back in and the quality is so clear having watched Diop and Dawson for a month.

vs Chelsea

3-2: Saturday, 4th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Gets injured making a great defensive tackle. Made eight clearances, just showing he was perfectly placed in that central role of the three centre backs.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Wednesday, 1st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Shaky on the press, and it is evident he is lesser when playing on the left. Didn't have the important error of Dawson but wasn't good either.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th November
(Played 90 minutes)

He isn't as comfortable over on the left but this was better than Wolves. City did have their chances and Fabianski saved this being much worse, even in a good overall defensive display from the side.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November
(Played 90 minutes)

The defence had no grip of the game, the runners easily making inroads and Jimenez bossing both centre backs. It isn't unreasonable to think that Ogbonna takes a grip of things back there and manages the game on the field, but neither centre back could do it here.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

It?EUR(TM)s a compliment to the midfield that the centre backs were mainly tested in the air. Zouma was good, playing well on both sides after Ogbonna?EUR(TM)s injury, and then popped up with the crucial third goal.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid in the air and covered round well, both defenders would be disappointed with Watkins having the space for the goal. Battled well and dealt with the pressure when Villa had their backs up. Didn?EUR(TM)t make the wild and reckless clearances that Ogbonna did.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Zouma and Ogbonna played well but without being particularly tested. Tottenham dithered without intent, and then were often stopped by Rice and Soucek in front of the defence. Imperious as a pair in the air, Zouma really seemed to dominate late on.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October
(Played 90 minutes)

The busier of the two centre backs defensively, that late block saved the day. Handled Rondon well.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 90 minutes)

Lacked composure throughout. The centre backs were poor, both rash in challenges and made crucial errors.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September
(Played 90 minutes)

His defending was assured and he does just look a class act at the back. Took command of the ball and dragged his side forward on a few occasions. It came back to bite him on the first goal, but it was necessary and he cannot be blamed for what happened behind him.

vs Manchester United

1-0: Wednesday, 22nd September

Did not play.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Outshone Ogbonna and looked completely settled within the team in his play and as a leader. Two fantastic last-ditch challenges to stop what seemed like certain Ronaldo goals, he was strong in the air, on the ground, defending in his box and stepping up to make challenges too. A very impressive start.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked in complete control at all times and solid as a rock. It?EUR(TM)s usually attacking signings that get the support excited, but Zouma looks a fantastic and assured signing.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September

Did not play.
Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.

Kurt Zouma did not play for West Ham during this season.