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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is the second oldest in the central back position at the club, and is rated as one of the more experienced defenders in the current Chelsea setup at just the age of 24. This only shows how Frank Lampard has revolutionised the Chelsea team.
Zouma (will turn 25 later this month) is older than Andreas Christensen, 23, and Fikayo Tomori, 21, and has had his fair share of breaking into a Chelsea squad from a young age. He had after all played 74 games for Chelsea prior to his time at his two loan clubs Stoke City and Everton, as a long-term injury cut short his progress.
A number of Chelsea youngsters have broken into the first team at the club, and Zouma has hailed them for being fearless.
“We are improving a lot,” said Zouma. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.
“The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.
“We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.
“All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.
“We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.”