Chelsea’s latest signing appears in the guide and the glowing report from the Ligue One experts suggests that the Blues have signed the complete package and that the replacement for John Terry tags are accurate.
Jose Mourinho did superb work to snap up the 19-year-old at the back end of the January transfer window from Saint-Etienne before he was immediately loan back to the Ligue One team to continue his development.
The assessment of Zouma that the guide gives the £12 million rated centre back suggests that Chelsea couldn’t have signed a better defensive prospect.
“The word ‘beast’ can be an overused description of players in the footballing world, but it is hard to argue against it being applied to Kurt Zouma. His physique is so imposing that it is difficult to believe he is only 19-years-old,” reads the assessment.
“He has a commanding height – a superb overall drive engine coupled with great stamina. Don’t be fooled that this immense unit lacks pace either, as he is one of the quickest defenders out there.”
Zouma’s chances of playing regularly for Chelsea next season are difficult to gauge at the moment because there are some unanswered questions in the current back four.
John Terry will stay on at Stamford Bridge and he’s shown this season that he’s capable of playing a high frequency of games despite his age.
David Luiz’ position has been changed but he can still play in central defence while the addition of a left-back this summer could see Cesar Azpilicueta revert to the right and Branislav Ivanovic moving into the middle of the back four.
Jose Mourinho worked with a similar talent in the form of Raphael Varane at Real Madrid and Zouma has many similar attributes to the player that the Chelsea boss called the best young defender in the world.
Zouma is well equipped to deal with Premier League football but whether Mourinho throws him in at the deep end next season or loans him out for another season remains to be seen.