It's safe to say that Kurt Zouma is a little bit rough around the edges. This is to be expected -- he's a very young man, and defenders take a while to become the cynical fun-destroyers we all know and love. Having made his first Premier League start in the 2-0 win against Newcastle this weekend, however, we're beginning to see signs of a more complete player. During the second half in particular, Zouma's contribution to the back four was immense, and with Gary Cahill struggling, many are taking that as another sign that the 20-year-old should be given an extended run in the team.
With his extraordinary athletic gifts, it would seem easy for Zouma to be a little bit cocky about his football, but instead he's keeping his feet on the ground and looking to improve. And, of course, crediting club captain John Terry in showing him the ropes of playing in a Premier League back line:
The manager said to me well done, but I have to continue because I have only played one game, but I have continue and if gives me a chance I have to continue to improve.
I learn from John how to defend because it is not the same. He pushes me and says 'go, go go' - and I have to go. Yes he does the same in training every day. When we are on the pitch we have to work because when you train it is the same as when you play.
He (Terry) helps me a lot, when the striker goes behind me, or when the striker drops back I have to follow, to keep depth, so helps me a lot. Gary Cahill is the same.
John Terry really is an impressive footballer. Imagine where this club might be right now if he hadn't turned his play around last season.