If you haven't noticed, Kurt Zouma is a good defender. Really good, actually. He showed that on loan last season with Everton, and it looks like the Frenchman left a lasting impression on the club's supporters.
Bringing Zouma back permanently was always going to be a tough ask, with Chelsea dealing with their transfer ban this summer, but that certainly hasn't stopped fans from doing their piece and launching the #FreeZouma movement on Twitter.
Get #freezouma trending blues, retweet every one you see— Jack Matthews (@jack187812) August 2, 2019
This wasn't just a casual surge in popularity. Oh no. #FreeZouma took over the world. It was trending worldwide, with countless supporters voicing their desire to see the ever-smiling Frenchman back at Goodison Park permanently.
Understandably, Chelsea fans felt the need to jump online to defend their club. The Blues weren't going to sit back and allow a Twitter movement to overwhelm them.
With Gary Cahill leaving the club this summer, Zouma is expected to earn plenty of game time next season, and it would take a huge offer to tempt Chelsea to sell the centre-back. Plus, many fans felt as though Everton were due a taste of their own medicine, after refusing to sell John Stones to the Blues back in 2015.
Everton fans need to give up on. If I was Roman, I'll have them sell their whole club in exchange for Zouma.— K (@GauchoEffect) August 2, 2019
Remember the John Stones saga, yeah.
They actually think they’ll get Zouma after that whole John Stones saga? Strange bunch— James. (@JHF_CFC) August 2, 2019
You can bet that Zouma will have seen the posts - how could he avoid them? However, will they actually persuade him to push for a Chelsea exit? Well, that's a whole different story.