John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović: there’s a great modern tradition of goalscoring defenders at Chelsea, but since those three legends left, retired, or were otherwise sidelined, our goal-production from the position has been a bit lacking. Obviously, center backs should concern themselves first and foremost with, well, defending, but the production at the other end often made a crucial difference.
Case in point, the goal from Kurt Zouma yesterday, which gave Chelsea the all-important 2-0 lead just past the hour mark. It was Zouma’s third goal already this season, which in fact is a new career high for him. And yes, that’s a surprising statement, to have never scored more than 2 goals in a season for a player blessed with such extreme physical dominance on the pitch as Big Kurt.
Just re-experience the absolute destruction he puts on this ball with his head as it comes in from Mason Mount’s corner.
Of course, there’s never been any doubt about Zouma’s (aerial) power, but at long last, at age 26 and just shy of 300 professional appearances, he appears to be marrying it with good timing and accuracy as well. Early doors, but having already reached a career high, and seemingly entrenched as the preferred partner to Thiago Silva in the newly solid Chelsea defense, this could be Zouma’s greatest season yet at Chelsea.