To say that N’Golo Kante has not been a meaningful addition to Chelsea would simply be untruthful. Not only has the Frenchman been a superb addition, he has equally been vital to our transformation this season.
One of the key deficiencies in our team last season was the inability of our holding midfielders to give our defence enough cover. But with Conte’s arrival, Kante was immediately identified as the man to solve that problem. He has indeed justified his purchase, as his partnership with Matic has yielded the expected results. Kante and Matic have helped solidify our defence and midfield once again, and have seen us embark on a remarkable 11 games unbeaten run, conceding just 2 times.
On Saturday against Crystal palace, Kante was booked for the fifth time this season, which means he’ll be unavailable for the game Vs Bournemouth on Boxing Day. With the amount of contribution he has made to our team since his arrival, there’s no way the Frenchman will not be missed. His tireless runs, well-timed tackles, and ability to mark and close down gaps in no time are some of the qualities that stand him out from the rest.
In his absence, Fabregas is likely going to start, and as much as he’s a quality player, it’s also important to note that he’s a different type of Player from Kante. Fabregas is excellent when it comes to picking out passes, but the defensive side of his game is still not exactly where it should be— although one can take solace in the fact that he seems to have started getting a hang of Conte’s philosophy. In the Sunderland game, he was flawless, both attack wise and defensively.
Mikel is another potential starter, but considering that he hasn’t featured once this term, the possibility of that happening is really slim. So Fabregas will most likely get the nod, and I hope that he’s able to keep his composure this time, and put in a good show, as his future at Chelsea may equally depend on it.