His height, skin colour, work-rate and tough-tackles reminds the football world of a certain Jean Claude Makalele who equally marshaled the defensive midfield position of the Blues – Ngolo kante has not just replicated his form for the defensive Champions of the Premier League Leicester City, he has taken the League by storm again, imposing himself for Chelsea as arguably the best DM in the EPL.
Albeit Kante did not win the PFA player of the season last term for the Foxes, there is a general consensus by pundits that it was his departure from the King Power Stadium that accounted for the struggles of Leicester City in the first half of this season. Leicester City plummeted to 17th position on the Log before they sacked Claudio Raniery.
Amid interest from other top Premier League clubs, Kante joined Chelsea last summer in a £32 million deal and displaced Cesc Fabregas and Mikel Obi in the midfield of the Blues. The diminutive French star is been eulogised by fans and has been tipped to win the PFA player of the season this term. We take very brief swipe at the players stats for the Blues this season.
Kante, 26, has featured 30 games for Chelsea this season and the Blues have won 23 of those games, according to Premier League. In those games, he has 89% pass accuracy, he has won 41% of his duels – even though he plays as a defensive midfielder, he has created 18 chances and has a shot accuracy of 38%. Do these stats suggests kante deserves the PFA award?
No doubt, Conte has done very well this season. However, Chelsea will feature in more competitions next season and the Italian tactician must be in the look out for a player that can step into the “big” boots of Kante should injury and fatigue set in.