N’Golo Kante was outstanding for Chelsea last season and was deservedly named as the PFA Player of the Year after helping Chelsea win the Premier League title.
Chelsea might not have been spectacular this season, but Kante has stood out, and after watching his performance against Leicester City in the FA Cup quarterfinal, former Chelsea star Pat Nevin couldn’t stop praising the midfielder.
Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “A place at Wembley was well-earned after the recent graft and when thinking about work-rate and endeavour, it is impossible to ignore two players. Firstly there is N’Golo Kante, who I am determined never to take for granted. There are very few players in football who are outstanding almost every single game of every single season, but I suspect he is near the very top of that very select group.
“I am pretty much open-mouthed at various points in every game in which I watch him, and I still have no idea how he wins so many tackles he is second favourite for, or how he reads the game so incredibly well. I am beginning to think that like the elevators in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, he might have an ability to see slightly into the future and know what is about to happen a few seconds before everyone else and as such, acts accordingly in nipping in to win the ball. He was brilliant again and this time he included an assist just to put the tin lid on it. That was a man-of-the-match performance with bells on.
“I know it is early to consider it, but I will be amazed if he isn’t in everybody’s Premier League team of the year, and if the PFA Players’ top team doesn’t include him I will lose faith in the entire game.”