Chelsea have been renowned for their defensive prowess over the years.
They hold the record for the least goals conceded in a Premier League season. They shut out world-class attacking units like Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to clinching the 2012 UEFA Champions League.
But now, with John Terry ageing and Luiz as erratic as ever, reinforcements have been the need of the hour. Cue Kurt Zouma, one of the most sought after young defenders in the world of football.
Chelsea completed his signing on deadline day of the winter transfer window for a reported £12 million, which may prove to be an absolute bargain if he reaches his potential.
At the tender age of 19, Zouma has already been earmarked as a 'potential future captain' by France boss Didier Deschamps.
He's extremely comfortable on the ball and is capable of putting in some crunching tackles, reminiscent of Chelsea legend Ron 'Chopper' Harris. In fact, he recently served a 10-match ban for a challenge that broke Sochaux's Thomas Guerbert's leg.
At 6-foot-3, he also provides an aerial threat, a characteristic required by a Chelsea defender as they do have a knack of scoring goals occasionally.
As of now, he's been loaned back to his former club St. Etienne until the end of the season and could come back to Chelsea with a first-team place in sight, putting David Luiz's future in doubt even though he features in midfield from time to time.
Zouma is already very good and being just 19-years of age is certainly one to keep an eye on.
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