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How Zouma’s future could impact Everton defensive potential

Everton’s defensive potential in 2019/20 could depend on some external factors.

The Toffees have already been targetted by Fantasy Premier League managers a team to invest in for Gameweek 1.

That’s because they top the Season Ticker for the first six matches of the new campaign.

At the time of writing, Lucas Digne (£6.0m) is sat in 28% of teams, signifying the interest in Everton’s defence for the start of the season.

He was a key part of helping his side keep eight clean sheets in the last 11 matches of 2018/19.

But Digne was not the only important member of the back-four that produced such an impressive achievement.

Alongside the Frenchman was Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma, who spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Goodison Park.

As things stand, the Frenchman is back at his parent club and was involved in Chelsea’s first pre-season friendly.

With Zouma’s future currently up in the air, there may be some who are cooling their interest in Everton defensive assets.

So the aim of this article is to assess his contribution to the Toffees defence last season so we know whether or not a potential absence from the team at the start of 2019/20 would reduce the clean sheet potential of Digne, Jordan Pickford (£5.5m), Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) and the like.

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559 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I have been harping on about the Everton situation.
    I am uncomfortable with central defenders and hence, the same with defensive points.
    I will get Digne because everyone else will have him, but I will be more comfortable with United defenders or even Chelsea initially.

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      A good article putting Everton into perspective.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Well I've been listening and I'm taking a pass on Digne.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Gueye is the key for me. Without him the current system will fall apart.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Agree.

      2. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I agree and our new signing can't fill his boots

    4. Queenofthestoneage
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Big mistake lol

    5. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      My thinking too mate. Zouma was the key for me. 6.0 eats into a huge part of the budget.

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Good lad.

      Not leaving mine either.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He will be there but with trepidation.

  2. gomez123
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    A) Sterling & Vardy
    B) KDB & Kane
    To go with my other big hitter Salah

    1. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Raheem and Jamie definitely of those

    2. Foogle
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Think KDB & Kane myself, I think those are the value picks this season. Kane has good rotation fixtures with Salah for captaincy the first few weeks also.

  3. Chelsea91
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Ederson
    Taa,VVD,Digne,Trippier
    Salah,Siggy,Perez,
    Ageuro,King,Jota

    How my latest team after the change of Holebas to Trippier and Robbo to VVD? Good to go guys? Appreciate the comment

    1. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Little too heavy at the back for my liking. Good overall though.

    2. Foogle
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Looking good I'm also heavy at the back this season, if you're worried about Tottenham fullback rotation I'd maybe swap Ederson for Lloris and Trippier for Walker?

  4. Mitch3ltje
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Rate my team please!

    I've got some cheap players in for the bench, but you'll notice probably :^)

    ------- 3 - 4 - 3 -------
    Goalkeeper: Fabianski
    Defenders: Digne - AWB - TAA
    Midfielders: Sterling - Zaha - Bernardo Silva - Salah
    Attackers: Jiménez - Deulofeu - King
    Bench: Button - Dendoncker - Kelly - Simpson

    thanks in advance 🙂

    1. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Jiminez to Jota and Wan bissaka to VVD or Robertson for me

  5. JLancaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Definitely food for thought
    Great article as always David, love your work

  6. 16ShimiC16
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    So it looks like Trippier is heading off to Atletico for a Medical today, will be interesting to see who nails down a RB spot at Spurs, Im guessing it will be a battle between KWP/Aurier & Foyth, with KWP likely to start the season there with Aurier arriving back late and same with Foyth who's suspended for the first 2 games.

    1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      According to who? GOAL.com? The S*n?

        1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          No such thing as reliable journalist for Spurs. Closest thing is Alasdair Gold and half the time he's full of shite.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      That would be hilarious if Kieron trippier signs for one of these top European teams. He will be so out of place bless him

      1. 16ShimiC16
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        It baffles me how so many top European Clubs have been linked with him

      2. Jarvish
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Well, you obviously know more than scouts of the top European teams.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          You’re too kind today mate

          1. Jarvish
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I'm always on hand for a compliment 🙂

        2. 16ShimiC16
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Obviously you haven't watched him week in week out for Spurs

          1. Jarvish
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Irrelevant as I'm not a scout of a top European team

            1. 16ShimiC16
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              You're also not a Spurs fan I'm presuming so therefore you cant see the reasoning behind the confusion of many of us as well as neutrals. Obviously Trippier is still highly regarded outside of England after his World Cup, but here in England we have seen the massive drop in levels from his performances.

      3. Foogle
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I mean he did have a stormer of a world cup, one mediocre season doesn't make him a bad player...

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Did he have a stormer or a World Cup overall it was he just key from set pieces against a streak of mediocre sides ?

  7. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Reply to all you hounds:
    Not saying he is a bad player he just does not fit the profile of the role arsenal are trying to buy into. Obviously they’d have kept Ramsey if they could, am saying they can do better than ceballos to fill in and I guarantee that is not their first choice by any stretch

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Reply fail to above

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Made even worse by the fact I thought it was a reply to the ceballos post oh Jesus mods delete this i beg

  8. MikeTilling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    26 days, 23 hours ago

    This is my first time on here and still getting my head around things... any thoughts on my team?
    Pickford
    Robertson , Alex arnold Digne
    Salah Bernrd Perez Redmon Ndom
    Calvert Vardy

    Bench
    Patricio Greenwood wan-bas Holebas

    I really would appreciate feedback as wanting to learn more about what to take into account
    Thanks

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 23 hours ago

      First tip, this is quite an old article, you're more likely to get responses if you post on the latest one (more traffic an all that).

      Team looks ok to me, Redmond always fails to back up his attacking stats with actual goals, but maybe this season will be better for him.

      Maybe release some of the funds used on keepers to upgrade elsewhere.

      1. MikeTilling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks boris... thought you would be too busy to reply today mate

        1. Boris Bodega
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 23 hours ago

          Pah, I'm a shoe in anyway 😉 FPL far more taxing that running for government....