Kurt Zouma never quite made it at Chelsea for a number of reasons.
Surrounded by world-class defenders in his position and part of a team that was constantly fighting for major honours across Europe and in England, the club never quite had the time to persevere with the French star.
Factor in his inability to stay fit and injury-free, Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia made the decision to sell him to London rivals West Ham.
So when rumours began circulating that the Blues are keeping a close eye on Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, there was a bit of hesitation.
There’s no doubting Fofana’s ability.
The 20-year-old put in an assured display in the FA Cup final victory over the Blues and was primed for another breakout year this season before suffering a horrific leg break in pre-season.
With his season over before it even began, there are concerns that Fofana may not be the same player when he recovers from a fractured fibula and ankle ligament damage.
Because he is optimistic of featuring for the Foxes again before the end of the season, it would make sense for Chelsea to see how he looks on his return before making their move.
“I’m starting to see the end of the tunnel,” Fofana said on Twitter Spaces with ActuFoot last week.
“The return is coming soon. It will be at the end of December if all goes well.”
Should he see the field this season, this month to be exact, and can slowly work his way back into first-team football then it makes sense that the Blues are open to a summer move.
With age on his side, there is plenty of time for Fofana to recover and get his career back on track – you only have to look at Luke Shaw to see how a young player can rediscover their form after an early setback.
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It may be harsh to bring up Zouma when discussing Fofana given the way in which the latter picked up the injury.
Zouma’s injury history shows a player who underwent knee surgery in the 2011/12 season and never really got over it.
Then came the cruciate ligament rupture in 2015/16 which kept him out for almost a year and somewhat put an end to his Chelsea career.
Now 27, he’s finally getting his career on track and though the hope is it doesn’t take Fofana that long play at a level where he can consider himself a starter not just at the Foxes but perhaps one day at Stamford Bridge, it may be wise for the club to err on the side of caution just for now.
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