If you are employed to do a job, doing it well is just as much as important as getting the job itself. The reason some employees don’t last much on the job isn’t because they don’t know how to do the job, the truth is they just don’t give enough. No one wants to hire you, and wish they hadn’t. If I give you a job, I expect 100% commitment and dedication from you, and that’s the story of a certain N’Golo Kante.
Kante arrived Chelsea in the summer of 2016, as one of the first buys under the reign of manager Antonio Conte, following an impressive season at Leicester City, but even I did not expect the level of solidity he has brought to us.
Since joining in 2016, Kante has given so much more than most players before him at Chelsea have given. His work ethic, his man-marking skills, and his knack for success are some of his major attributes. He’s not your regular ‘pretty face’ footballer, but who needs that when you can play your way to the fans’ heart?
In Sunday’s game against Leicester, I saw Kante in a form we’ve all become accustomed to. He seems to have grown even better in his game, and that is something to take some pride in. He is the life of our midfield; runs after the ball without it, and makes the most of it when he has it – his match- winning assist for Pedro on Sunday evening testifies to that.
We have a number of players who are very talented at Chelsea, but the dedication and commitment levels do not compare to Kante’s. Sometimes, I only imagine how great our club would be if we had three other Kantes at Stamford Bridge. The man plays with his soul; he goes at every game like it was a final.
In just two seasons at Stamford Bridge, Kante has become a fan favourite. He is the kind of player you want to keep around for as long as possible, because he brings stability and positive energy around him. If the man spends a couple of more years in the Blue side of West London, it won’t be long before he joins the ever- growing, but yet memorable list of all-time Chelsea greats.