Zouma finally joined up with his Stamford Bridge teammates this summer, despite completing a £12.5 million move from Ligue 1 side St Etienne in January.
The Blues fought off competition from Manchester United and Manchester City to secure the services of the highly rated French Under-21 international, and, although he has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League - coming on in the final minutes of the 1-1 draw with the Red Devils - he has started two League Cup games and one Champions League tie in his short career in West London.
The 20-year-old is tipped to become a mainstay in the French national team in the coming years, and a fellow former Chelsea and France central defender believes that Zouma has what it takes to replace club captain John Terry when he eventually retires.
Speaking to the Standard, Frank Leboeuf - who spent five years at Stamford Bridge - said: “He will be fantastic.
“People have to be patient. Kurt is the future.”
Leboeuf was part of the French generation which won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and his career at Chelsea coincided with the increasing prominence of John Terry. The former Academy prospect graduated into the first-team following Leboeuf’s transfer to Marseille, and he believes that Terry will help improve Zouma - with two key areas of his game needing to be worked on.
The Frenchman added: “He perhaps has to work more on the tactical aspect and technically he needs to improve a bit more.
“But he will learn a lot from playing with John.
“When you are a younger player, you have to look at the seniors and do everything you can to get better.”
Zouma will be hoping to add another start to his tally on Wednesday night, with the Blues traveling to Slovenia to face Maribor in the Champions League.