Frank Lampard has hailed the performances of Kurt Zouma and insists that he always knew the Chelsea defender would be a ‘big deal’ for him.
The 26-year-old had previously had a tough time with the Blues, suffering a serious ACL injury before being loaned out to Stoke City and Everton.
However, last season he was brought back into the first team, and this season he has a constant figure at the back.
The France international has started ten of the 11 Premier League games and formed a formidable partnership with Thiago Silva at centre-back.
But the most outstanding element to his game has been in the air, winning countless headers and in the 3-1 win over Leeds United he netted his fourth goal of the league campaign.
That’s the same amount of goals that he had netted in all of his league matches before, and has shown his dominance in the opposition’s box.
Lampard has put that down to confidence and has been impressed with the performances of the Frenchman.
“He has been playing really well this season, obviously the eye catching thing is the amount of goals he has scored from set-pieces,” Lampard said.
“For me, that is just him going up with more confidence, more belief in himself. He has always had size and spring, but now you see him on all parts of the pitch aerially he is a real threat and doing his job.
“His performances have been really good. I think he has been helped by the experience of Thiago Silva next to him, as a unit we look stronger and Kurt has been a big part of that.
“A lot of defending is concentration. He has got a lot of great attributes as a centre-back, I knew that and it’s why I have been so positive when I came here that a player like Kurt would be a big deal for me.
“He is showing that in the terms of how he’s playing. I am delighted with him.”
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