Zouma Recognises Improvement Under Silva

Kurt Zouma has spoken of how Marco Silva has improved him technically and tactically since his move to Everton.

The 24-year-old made a deadline day loan switch to the Blues from Chelsea and has since established himself at the heart of the defence, racking up 11 appearances so far.

The defender's outstanding form with the Toffees saw him recalled to the France national team after a 14-month absence for their October friendly against Iceland, alongside clubmate Lucas Digne.

Zouma is certain that the impact of working under Blues boss Silva has played a part in not only his return to the international fold but also his development as a top-class centre-half.

“In every aspect I can improve a lot with him,” Zouma told evertontv. “I feel really comfortable here and I hope to keep playing so I can help them team as much as I can.

“[The move] helped me a lot. It meant I could play more games and to keep improving a lot. Here I have a manager who helps me a lot and has showed me a lot technically and tactically.

“It is enjoyable to play when you are playing in a positive way. We were disappointed to lose to Manchester United but this week we have another game. We will go into it with the same spirit and we are confident we can win more games. Let’s do it.

“It was a good thing for me to be involved with the national team but that is now the past – I need to focus on my team here at Everton now.”

Everton’s three-match winning run in the Premier League – which saw them defeat Fulham, Leicester City and Crystal Palace – ended with the narrow defeat at Old Trafford against United on Sunday.

With the Toffees back on home soil when they take on Brighton on Saturday, Zouma insists the players are eager to get right back into the thick of the action.

“We just want to play again and win the next game,” he added. “We have to carry on that momentum from when we won three games in a row. We don’t have a choice.

“We are here to play and win games. The next one is at home and we need to show the fans that we deserve their support. Football is all about winning games and if you give the right behaviour all the time, you win.”



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