Speaking to The Liverpool Echo, Everton boss Marco Silva has divulged his intentions to sign loanee Kurt Zouma permanently once the Chelsea man’s temporary spell at Goodison Park ends. Would it be a mistake?
Well, the Portuguese manager told The Liverpool Echo that Zouma has been an excellent addition to the squad and that they are hopeful he can continue to improve, perhaps committing his future to the Toffees as he does so.
Silva believes that the 24-year-old adds a different dynamic to the defence in that he is much faster, and therefore better at recovering when the back-line is breached, than the likes of Phil Jagielka and Yerry Mina.
It would seem that despite a string of poor results, Silva remains confident in his back four – the former Watford boss and his defensive contingent have come under fire in recent weeks for their inability to defend set-pieces – Zouma included.
The Frenchman, though, would be a poor bit of business for the Merseysiders and their money could be better spent elsewhere.
The Toffees have spent huge amounts of money in the last few years in a bid to break into the top six but most of their signings have flopped pretty spectacularly – choose any from Davy Klaassen, Cenk Tosun, Theo Walcott etcetera.
Signing former St Etienne man Zouma would only extend this list given his poor discipline and recklessness in recent weeks, as well as the surely inflated price that the Blues would command for his services.
The centre-back has received four yellow cards in his last three games, two of which he received last time out in the disappointing 1-0 loss to Watford, meaning he is suspended for the clash with Cardiff next week.
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Everton’s summer business seemed smart and the feeling was that they had finally learned from their mistakes while Ronald Koeman was at the helm. Splashing the cash to keep Zouma at Goodison Park would be a huge step back.