West Ham United's big-money summer signing Kurt Zouma has a major flaw when it comes to retaining possession, according to journalist Paul Brown.
What's the latest news involving Zouma?
West Ham boss David Moyes bolstered his defensive options by completing the £29.8million signing of Zouma with just days of the summer transfer window remaining last month.
Zouma made the switch from London rivals Chelsea after a penning a four-year deal worth £120,000-per-week, making him the highest-paid player at the London Stadium.
Moyes was keen to strengthen his backline despite sealing the permanent arrival of Watford defender Craig Dawson before the transfer window even opened for business.
Zouma has made the move to east London despite the deal initially looking like it was dead in the water, with the centre-back turning down a switch after the Hammers refused to meet his wage demands.
However, West Ham returned to the 26-year-old after also targeting Serbia international Nikola Milenkovic, who is currently on the books of Serie A side Fiorentina.
What has Paul Brown said about Zouma?
Brown believes Zouma will end up being a shrewd signing by Moyes, who was keen to improve his squad after leading West Ham to a club record Premier League points tally last season.
However, there is one area of the France international's game which requires improvement, according to Brown.
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He told GMS: "I wouldn't say in possession he is that much better than Dawson actually.
"That's probably his one big failing, but he is someone who reads the game a little bit better and he's stronger and will dominate people a bit more than someone like that could."
How has Zouma performed this season?
Having been an unused substitute for West Ham's goalless draw with Southampton last weekend, Zouma was handed his debut as the Hammers got their Europa League campaign underway with a convincing 2-0 group stage win over Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb yesterday.
He joined the east Londoners having already won silverware this season. Zouma's final Chelsea appearance came as Thomas Tuchel's side got their hands on the Super Cup following a nail-biting penalty shoot-out victory over Villarreal last month.
Zouma, who boasts plenty of Premier League experience having made 165 appearances in the English top flight for Chelsea, Everton and Stoke City, has also broken into Didier Deschamps' France side and took his tally of caps up to 10 during the recent international break thanks to being given the nod in the World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Finland.News Now - Sport News