Former West Ham striker Ian Wright believes summer signing Kurt Zouma has evolved into an “accomplished” centre-half after becoming a first-team regular at the Hammers.
Wright felt that the Frenchman was rather shaky and indecisive during his time with Chelsea. He says that David Moyes and his coaching staff have helped develop Zouma into a player he could never have become if he had stayed at Stamford Bridge:
“Kurt Zouma looks amazing in that team. He does, honestly, he looks amazing. You looked at him at Chelsea and there was a jittery-ness and there was this sense that you play the ball to him, but now he’s accomplished because he knows he’s a mainstay. He has brilliant coaches there to help him and he’s going to play.”
Zouma has always been a powerful and pacey centre-back but there was a feeling that he wasn’t completely trusted by the coaches he played under at Chelsea.
With Moyes making him a key figure in West Ham’s defence, it is clear that the Irons boss has complete trust in Zouma, and the France international has repaid his manager with some top-drawer performances.
The defender will now be hoping to keep up this level of form for the foreseeable future as he helps his team battle for honours on all fronts this season.