Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is likely to part ways with the club this summer to make way for Jules Kounde.
Some reports claim the 26-year-old could be involved in a player-plus-cash deal with Sevilla, or sold to another club, with money from his sale funding the Kounde transfer.
However, selling the Frenchman could be a mistake: he is a quality defender who has proven it in the Premier League, after all.
Below are stats that could make the Blues reconsider selling Kurt Zouma, at least for this summer.
Zouma has made only one mistake leading directly to a goal in 99 Premier League appearances.
Last season, he won 3.6 aerial duels per game, significantly more than Rudiger, Christensen (both 2.2), Azpilicueta (2.1), and Silva (2).
Kurt is a very decent short passer, making 1522 accurate short passes; only Azpilicueta (1600) and Silva (1690) completed more than him last season.
His passing completion rate is slightly better than that of Kounde (90.87 percent v 90.11 percent), and that includes superior long ball accuracy (57.59 percent v 52.15 percent).
Additionally, Zouma is a big threat in the opposition box. He scored 5 goals last season, 2 more than Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta. and Silva combined.
As a result, many fans on Twitter think Chelsea should think twice before selling Kurt Zouma.
Sylvia de Mars: “Chelsea really doesn’t rate Zouma as they should. By both the stats and the eye test, he’s the best ‘younger’ CD we have, and it’s wild to me that that’s apparently a minority opinion.”
D’Angelo: “Zouma does more with the ball than them all, look at the stats mate, forward passes, long passes, pass completion, plus he’s an unstoppable ball carrier, add that to actual defending where he is king.
“He’s a better CB all round…”
Chelsea playmaker: “For me, Zouma’s attributes makes him indispensable. Quick, strong, can clearly put in tackles, good aerially. This is everything a defender should be before you even consider their progressive passing stats.”