REVEALED: Why Kurt Zouma is an important player for Chelsea

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While Kurt Zouma may not be convincing with the ball on his feet, the France international is an important player for Frank Lampard.

Lampard prefers playing Zouma ahead of other defenders as a partner for Thiago Silva because of his prowess in the air.

According to statistical website WhoScored, Zouma has won every aeriel ball he has contested for this season. In fact, he is just one out of three players to have won every aeriel ball in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

None of the other players from Europe’s top-five leagues who have been perfect this season have been involved in nearly as many duels – 16.

Ahead of today’s Premier League game against Manchester United, Zouma will be expected to start alongside Silva in Chelsea’s defence.

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