Classy Kante

N’Golo Kante has had quite a start to life in the Premier League. The Frenchman was part of the incredible Leicester City side that lifted the title at the end of last season, he is now a vital part of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side. Kante could well be lifting his second Premier League trophy in as many season.

Kante was rightly voted the PFA Player of the year, he has been sensational for two seasons. The extraordinary thing is, you rarely see Kante have a bad game, his consistency is incredible. Kante does all the dirty work, sometimes it even goes unnoticed. He covers so much ground, retrieving the ball and allowing Chelsea to go back on the attack. He did the same at Leicester last season.

Many have described Kante as two players, as the Frenchman does so much work for his team. It does not surprise me that Chelsea came calling in the summer. There will be people asking why Hazard did not get the PFA Player of the year award, the Belgium international has had a great season, however you can replace Hazard, you can’t replace Kante – Leicester have found that out this season.

This season, Kante has become and even bigger monster, his distribution has improved dramatically and he has started to add a few goals to his game. I am glad Kante is now getting the recognition he truly deserves, the Frenchman should have won the PFA Player of the year award last year. If Kante lifts the Premier League with Chelsea this season, he will become the first player to win successive titles in different teams.

In 2013-14, he was the driving force behind Caen’s promotion to Ligue 1, and the discerning viewer noted that, despite the Normandy side’s struggles the following season, he was more than capable of holding his own at the highest level. In the summer of 2015, that prompted Leicester City to snap up Kante for an undisclosed fee reported to have been in the region of £6million. The diminutive yet powerful midfield enforcer formed the bedrock of one of the most unlikely title triumphs in the game’s history, as the Foxes shocked the world by becoming Premier League champions.

This level of consistency and output in both the attacking and defensive phases of play has contributed heavily to Chelsea’s brilliant form this term. One of the most striking statistics of Kante’s season so far is that he is maintaining a personal win-rate of 78.9 percent for the current campaign.

Throughout the Premier League era, Chelsea players have dominated when it comes to having the highest win percentage, with Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Ballack, Claude Makelele, Paulo Ferreira and Arjen Robben all making the top 10 for players who have appeared in 50 or more games in England’s top flight. Of all of those players, only Robben’s overall win percentage of 82.1 percent is higher than Kante’s win ratio at Chelsea. When you factor in his time at Leicester City as well, then the win ratio becomes 68.5 percent, which still puts him ninth in the all-time Premier League list.

It remains to be seen whether Spurs can catch Chelsea, with only a handful of games remaining. If Chelsea do go on to life the trophy at the end of the season, there is no doubt that Kante has been pivotal.

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