Does N’Golo Kante deserve the PFA player of the year award?
France international and Chelsea central midfielder N’Golo Kante has won the Professional Footballers’ Association(PFA) award.
Only three seasons ago, Kante was playing second tier football with French outfit Caen but it was his impressive cameos for the team that earned them a place in Ligue One. He played in all 38 games of the season for them.
He continued with his stellar show-offs in Ligue One and was unearthed by the scout of Leicester City Steve Walsh who facilitated his move to the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2015 in a €8 million (£5.6 million) deal.
While Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy were eulogised for their part in the what has been dubbed the 8th wonder of the world (beating the “big four” to the EPL trophy), it was Ngolo Kante yo-man’s job that earned them the trophy. Little wonder the Foxes have struggled in the League since the diminutive midfield destroyer laces his boots for the Blues.
Since his move to Stamford Bridge, Kante has continued to prove he is one of the best central midfielders in the world. He work rate is phenomenal, his commitment to the game is worthy of note and you can’tbut agree that he deserves to win the award ahead of his teammates Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, who were in the running for the award.
There were other players who have been spectacular for the Blues this season, not restricting David Luis, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses but Conte even acknowledged the importance of Kante in his team last month.
“I always appreciated this type of player, with great generosity, great ability to work for the team,” Conte said last month. “I think it’s important to have this type of player if we want to win. Not only great talent, but players who run a lot during a game.
“He’s an example. N’Golo is a fantastic guy, fantastic player, great commitment, great behaviour. A great example.”
According to this report, Kante has completed and average of 61.26 passes per match, his tackle success percentage stands at 66, he has also won 174 duel with 72 interceptions for the season. His averages stand above averages and this prove that he is the most hardworking Chelsea player.
For a relatively inexperienced player, i think Kante deserves the award ahead of the other players. This has come as a redemptive award for his inability to beat Mahrez to it last season.