Stoke City centre-back and captain Ryan Shawcross has confirmed he’s pleased to play alongside with Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, who is coming back stronger following the ankle injury suffered by the Frenchman two years ago: “For them to let him go to us is fantastic for us, but surprising. – Shawcross said – He’s quick, he can jump really high, he can pass the ball, he can shoot, he doesn’t get beat one-v-one. He’s like the ultimate defender. I think him and [Toby] Alderweireld are the top two centre halves in the country at the moment.”
Then he added: “I think Kurt has done brilliantly. He’s played a lot of games previously and it’s a great test for him to come here.
“He’s experienced things he probably hasn’t done at Chelsea, tough losses. I don’t think he will ever get beat by seven goals at Chelsea, so it’s difficult, but it’s good for his character and experience as a footballer.”