Kurt Zouma (18), Defender, AS Saint-Etienne (France)
A part of our football guide to amazing wonderkids; Top 10 Young Football Talents of 2013.
Date of birth: October 27th 1994 (18)
Place of birth: Lyon
Club: AS Saint-Etienne
Nation: France, Central African Republic
National level: France U19
Position: Central Defender
Preferred Foot: Right
Height / Weight: 187, 85kg
France is well-known for producing quality talents. This time, there is no difference, by producing maybe one of the brightest talents in the football world at his age. Kurt Zouma is a young starlet with a shining future, and could be the next Marcel Desailly...
Screenshot of Kurt Zouma in Football Manager 2013 belongs to Sports Interactive.
Kurt Zouma was raised in the outskirt of Lyon, and got his first lessons of football tutoring at a minor youth club, Vaulx-en-Velin.
At the age of 15 he got spotted by AS Saint-Etienne, where he signed a youth contract. At the age of only 16(!) he got his debut against Bordeaux, and has recorded 27 appearances the last two years. For the 2012-2013 season,
he has recorded 10 appearances in the Ligue 1.
Kurt Zouma is still a young player, but has immense strength and is regarded as a pure athlete.
The towering defender, has everything he needs to withstand every sort of threat for the future. At his best he is good in positioning and heading, but what might stand out the most, is his passing, acceleration and speed, which is vital for a modern defender. Because of his young age, there are several areas of his defending play that needs to be improved, but Kurt Zouma has the professionalism to develop further. In additional to raw physic, which has impressed both fans and scouts, he has good leadership qualities (both on and off the pitch) and has excellent jumping.
Since breaking into the first team, he has been targeted by the best clubs in the world. Clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United is ready to cash in on this highly rated wonderkid.
At the moment, Kurt Zouma features in the Under-19 National squad of France, but got the most attention in 2011, when featuring in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup and UEFA European Under-17 Championship for France Under-17, where he has capped 17 matches in his career.
He has also earned 6 appearances for France Under-16.
Kurt Zouma in Football Manager 2013
Kurt Zouma - Player Profile:
We have previously taken a look at his basic information and statistics in his real life football career, and now it is time to take a closer look at his player profile in Football Manager 2013.
Kurt Zouma is regarded as one of the best Football Manager 2013 wonderkids.
Personality: Fairly Professional
Squad Personality: Ambitious
Main Strength: Aerial Ability
Best player attributes: Heading, Balance, Strength
Worst player attributes: Passing, First touch, Creativity
Preferred foot: Right Only
Natural Player role: Central Defender
Secondary Player role: Fullback Defend
Third player role: Anchor Man
Kurt Zouma is by me regarded as a natural central defender because of his strength and heading, and poor passing skills.
By scouting we can learn that his hidden attributes strength is important matches, which will make him useful in important matches as he tends to perform better.
Kurt Zouma might be unavailable for purchase the first season, but you could be lucky to buy an unsettled Zouma for around €40-60Mill(!). He is quite expensive and might demand around €40-75000 in wages per week.
Player Development and Training scheduling in FM13:
At the age of only 18 he is a very good player.
To improve his attributes further I would first assign the player to individual training; limited defender, to improve his positioning, marking and tackling.
Then it could be favorable to assign him to either individual training central defender or individual training ball playing defender, to improve concentration, decision, passing and creativity.
You can read more about individual training in this article