N’Golo Kante has been a rock since signing for Chelsea in 2016, and the Frenchman formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Matic as Chelsea went on to win the league in Antonio Conte’s first season as Chelsea boss.
However, Kante hasn’t had a good midfield partner since Matic departed for Manchester United, and Tiemoue Bakayoko who was supposed to replace the Serbian, has so far struggled at the club in his first season in England.
However, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has backed the Frenchman to come good next season.
“It is not easy to settle into a new club, especially one like Chelsea,” Courtois told the Evening Standard.
“If results go your way it’s fantastic, everybody will say it’s a great signing. Yet when things go wrong and you’re a big signing, you will get criticism.
“People forget that he is still a young guy. Maybe his form dropped a bit, but you can see in the last few games he’s been very good again.
“He was very strong against Liverpool in midfield and we can be happy about that.
“His partnership with N’Golo Kante can be a formidable one in midfield next season.
“Physically they are very strong. It will be really hard for teams to win that midfield battle against us.”