By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

11th Sep, 2021 | 10:00am

Frank McAvennie shares Kurt Zouma verdict ahead of potential West Ham debut v Southampton

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Kurt Zouma has made a brave decision to leave Chelsea to join West Ham, claims Frank McAvennie.

The France international was one of the primary targets for David Moyes this summer, and he would have been delighted to get him over the line.

Zouma, 26, is in line to make his Hammers debut later today against Southampton, and McAvennie believes his addition is going to be vital.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said, “Moyes has finally got his man.

“It’s a great signing and he will add experience to that backline. He knows what he’s doing the boy. Leaving Chelsea is a brave thing but there aren’t many more attractive options than West Ham.

“I wish him all the best, I just wish he could have come in sooner. He will make us stronger.”

Fantastic

For the longest time, it seemed like the Hammers’ summer window was going to end in disappointment, but in hindsight, it’s proven to be a good one for them.

Of the players that have walked through the door at the London Stadium this summer, Zouma has been the biggest in terms of stature and will come in with a winning pedigree that will only help the Irons in the future.

He’s a threat aerially so could be vital during set pieces in both boxes and is also a decent passer which would help Moyes build from the back with more fluidity.

Signing him over Nikola Milenkovic may be viewed as rash by certain quarters of the fanbase, but in Zouma, he’s getting a player who’s proven himself in the Premier League for the last few years.

Hopefully, fans get to see him in action later today as there must be a real intrigue as to see how well he fits in and more importantly, who Moyes sees as his preferred centre-back partner.

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