West Ham manager David Moyes has revealed why he was so keen to sign Kurt Zouma in the summer.
The Hammers paid £29.8m to bring the centre-back to the London
Stadium from Chelsea in the last few days of the transfer window.
Zouma has become a mainstay in Moyes’s team, not missing a minute in the Premier League since his debut against Manchester United.
Explaining his thinking behind the transfer of the 27-year-old, Moyes said [via Football.London]: “I was worried that if we lost one of our three centre-backs, we could be down. I nearly value a centre-half nearly as important as a centre-forward.
“We worked really hard and Kurt was the one I wanted and the
one that was liked. I felt he had Premier League experience, he plays for
France, probably not number one in the world at the moment, but maybe two or
Moyes’s logic has proved to be spot on, as Zouma could easily stake a claim to be one of the Premier League’s signings of the season.
The Frenchman has been an instant hit in the centre of
defence with a number of impressive performances; he even got on the scoresheet
in the sensational 3-2 win over Liverpool.
Zouma ranks first in the West Ham squad this season for blocks per game (1.1) and clearances per game (5.1) as well as fourth for interceptions per game (1.4) [via WhoScored].
He quickly formed a strong partnership with Angelo Ogbonna
in the Hammers’ backline, a pairing that looked as if it could be the
foundation for the team’s success this season.
But after Ogbonna’s season-ending ACL injury, even more responsibility will be handed to Zouma alongside either Craig Dawson or Issa Diop.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are reportedly desperate to offload one of their attacking stars in January.
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