French defender Kurt Zouma arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer, and his father has told Le Parisien that he did not expect to see the youngster progress as he has done.
Zouma has already made an impressive 18 appearances in his debut season in West London, having been signed on a permanent deal last January. He arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer, and has since shown himself to be a valuable member of the Blues first-team.
One of the people who has been surprised by the quick development of Zouma is the defender’s own father. Speaking to Le Parisien, his father admitted that the state of his current progress was not what was expected when the youngster arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Zouma’s father said: “It [His development] has always been a step ahead. He was prepared for this transfer. When he did arrive this summer, everybody was ready to welcome him.
“After that, the fact that he regularly starts, I will not deny that it surprises me. It was not quite what we expected.”
Performances against lesser opponents in the form of Sporting, Maribor and Watford have since become appearances in the Premier League against Manchester City and the League Cup against Liverpool, whilst Zouma was also trusted to fulfil a role in defensive midfield in the final of the latter tournament against Tottenham Hotspur.
He already has more games under his belt than many would have expected for the entire season, and he could well reach the 30-game mark by the end of the campaign. It is likely that Zouma will start next season as one of two first-choice central defenders, and there is no doubt that his progression from promising talent to exceptional star has happened at a faster rate than many expected.