According to former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino, N’Golo Kante has missed having a suitable player to partner him in midfield this season.
“N’Golo Kanté has really missed having Nemanja Matic alongside him in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield this season,” Cascarino told The Times.
“Tiemoue Bakayoko was brought in last summer but has failed to make anything like the impact of the Serb, who joined Manchester United.
“Danny Drinkwater, another new midfield signing, has been given very little time on the pitch, and I don’t think Cesc Fabregas, for all his qualities, is an ideal partner for Kante.
“At least Kante has overcome a difficult start to the season to find some form.
“His running ability is just incredible — he is the ultimate athlete.”