West Ham news: Pundit issues 'massive' Zouma claim after development

By Kevin Campbell

2nd May, 2022 | 1:00pm

Kurt Zouma: Campbell issues 'massive' claim after West Ham development

Kurt Zouma’s return to fitness is “massive” for West Ham ahead of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 27-year-old is integral to David Moyes’s side’s hopes of reaching the final later this month.

Zouma returned to action last week after recovering from an ankle injury.

The centre-half also started West Ham’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday in the absence of the suspended Craig Dawson.

The pair are expected to partner each other at the heart of the Irons’ defence in Frankfurt on Thursday.

Campbell claimed it was a risk for David Moyes to start Zouma against Arsenal.

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“They badly needed a centre-half,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Even if Kurt Zouma was only fit to player an hour it’s massive.

“Of course, if he got injured the question would be to Moyes, ‘Why did you risk him?’ The Europa League semi-finals are the priority.

“I was hoping David Moyes would get a game! I was hoping he’d sign up for one game.

“Listen, these things happen at this stage of the season. West Ham have to prioritise the semi-final. It is an amazing achievement already but they will want to get to that final.

“It is unfortunate that the injuries have come at the time they have but at least Zouma is back now.”

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