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Zouma left to sweat

By Dave Langton

Kurt Zouma is sweating over his West Ham place as Nayef Aguerd nears a return.

Aguerd is back on the grass and is continuing to train, although he is yet to be in contention to play regularly.

Still, the Morocco international is working hard every day in order to make his return and that has left Zouma looking over his shoulder.

Sources at the club have confirmed that there are some concerns over Zouma’s performances this season, with him seemingly losing a yard of pace.

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There is no immediate suggestion manager David Moyes is unhappy with him, but there is a feeling that he may well be rotated out of the side once Aguerd is back.

Moyes has spoken very highly of Thilo Kehrer, the summer signing from PSG who was bought after Aguerd sustained his pre-season injury, and has even suggested he could become captain.

As a result, he feels somewhat undroppable, leading to the suggestion that Aguerd and Kehrer could be the first-choice centre-back pairing moving forward, once everyone is healthy.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Zouma left to sweat

  1. Zouma definitely needs to be looking over his shoulder if he continues to defend like he did for Fulham’s first goal, he made no effort to close the bloke down.

    Let’s hope Aguerd gives Moyes a selection headache, we need competition in all positions which was sadly lacking last season.

    COYI

  2. When Moyes praised Kehrers leadership qualities it was at a time when certain quarters were starting to question Declan Rices captaincy after some poor results. I felt that what Moyes was doing was that by praising Kehrers leadership qualities Moyes was giving Declan a nudge and getting him to raise his game.

  3. Must admit I thought Zouma did not look fully fit against Fulham, a bit ponderous and slow.

  4. I think you guys are being a little harsh on Zouma. He is still a very good defender but may have had a little drop in form. But then hasn’t almost the whole squad been guilty of that recently?

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