Reflecting on Chelsea's transfer window actions, they were in fact very skilled in their purchase of Kurt Zouma.
On transfer deadline day he joined Chelsea for a reasonable sum of £12m.
Before the buy, Zouma, a 19-year-old right-back, played for St. Etienne in France's Ligue 1.
The France Under-21 player has agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea, however they have agreed on his stay at St Etienne on loan for the rest of the season.
Zouma has made 12 Ligue 1 appearances for the French side this season. As to his background, he was born in Lyon, and joined St Etienne as a 15-year-old in 2009 before turning professional two years later.
He has made 52 appearances for the club, scoring four goals.
This was a very wise choice, as with John Terry's future uncertain at the club, they could not have signed a better option.
Terry’s contract runs out at the end of the season, but Chelsea are yet to make the 33-year-old any sort of offer and have told him to expect no more than a one-year extension.
Therefore, in purchasing such a young and skilful player, the Chelsea defence can only get better. Given time and under such strong management, I am positive that Kurt Zouma can make a real impact at Chelsea in the upcoming years.
Along with the likes of Gary Cahill ,César Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic, it paves the way for Zouma to join a powerful back four.
However, it also sends a message to Terry and has already done with Ashley Cole (having been replaced in the first team by César Azpilicueta) that their services will not be as key to the Chelsea defence as it has been in many previous years.
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