Kurt Zouma’s future is on hold


Kurt Zouma’s future is on hold

Kurt Zouma’s  future is on hold!

It seemed an odd decision to hand the 29 year old the captain’s armband at the beginning of the season and we are not talking Catgate! It was more a case of him having such tricky problems with his knees that he finds it impossible to play more than one game a week and spends less time on the training ground than other players for the same reason.

Kurt Zouma’s future is on hold

And it is those issues that have West Ham refusing to make any decision on his future until he is closer to the end of his contract in June of next year. Thus far this season he has missed four Premier League games and been left out of all Carabao Cup and Euro League matches with Oggy taking over as captain.

His problems and the absence and worried over a possible Nayef Aguerd move this winter or in the summer demonstrate that manager Moyes – who has always built from the back – has real problems defensively rather than up front.

Given his absence from anything other than Premier League games it seems unlikely we shall see Zouma in the third round FA Cup match against Bristol City on Sunday with Oggy likely to be partnering Mavropanos after Aguerd  joined the Morocco Afcon squad.

And should he eventually leave the club or the manager decides there should be a new captain anyway the obvious candidate surely on performances so far may well be Edson Alvarez.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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