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Zouma’s Decline: Time for West Ham to Move On?

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Kurt Zouma’s struggles at West Ham United this season have been concerning. While his leadership qualities were acknowledged with the captain’s armband, injuries and a dip in form raise questions about his future with the club.

Zouma’s physical limitations are evident. The Frenchman who once dominated defences now seems a step slower, unable to maintain the consistency that made him a valuable asset. This decline is a harsh reality, and West Ham needs a reliable presence at the back.

While Zouma’s leadership is commendable, appointing a player battling inconsistency might not be the most inspiring move. The captain’s role demands a pillar of strength and stability, qualities Zouma hasn’t consistently displayed this season. This has no doubt affected team morale and overall performance.

West Ham’s transfer plans prioritise defensive reinforcements. This suggests a clear acknowledgement of the need for improvement in the backline. With Zouma’s struggles and potential transfer value, it is surely time for the club to explore other options.

Letting go of a player with Zouma’s experience is never easy. However, West Ham needs to prioritise building a team that can compete at the highest level. If Zouma can’t recapture his previous form and fitness, a fresh start for both club and player might be the best course of action.

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  • Phil McDonald says:

    IMHO that would only happen if we bought out his contract because surely he would never pass a medical. So I expect him to be on our bench next season.

  • John Ayris says:

    Zouma is too immobile now for this level and it’s almost certain that there’ll be no improvement with it. He definitely needs replacing as a first team starter. If there was opportunity to move him on…

  • Jeeps says:

    Paqueta ordeal has obviously put cat amongst the pigeons.
    His transfer fee will have been taken into account regarding rebuild.
    Whatever the revamp is there are two that should not be included.
    Ogbonna and Captain Zoom(a), no matter how much Moyes thought of them (old muckers).
    Both are too old and incapacitated. They are continually targeted by opposition knowing they have nothing to give.
    Need young hardy men with speed.

    • Benny the Aussie says:

      Spot on, I hope the club give the Championship a nod as there are always young hungry players with grit that they can bring in, along with a few youth teamers. ie Ginger Pele comes to mind ⚒️

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