In N’Golo kante’s two seasons at Chelsea, the France international has been known to be the ‘destroyer’ in Chelsea’s midfield.
Kante usually sits at the base of midfield and stops opposition attack with his extraordinary work rate, tackling and marking skills.
But Kante’s role has changed in Maurizio Sarri’s reign as Chelsea manager. The World Cup winner has a more attacking role and is usually deployed at the right side of the midfield, while new signing Jorginho is the one who sits at the base of the midfield.
There have been arguments where Kante’s best position is especially with Chelsea’s defence struggling against Arsenal.
Blues legend Pat Nevin has chipped in his thoughts on this argument, and he believes time will tell whether Kante should continue in his attacking role or play a deeper role.
He wrote in his column on the official Chelsea website: “The question will be asked by many Chelsea fans, is it really a good idea to have so many attacking players on the field and also asking our best defensive midfielder, N’Golo Kante, to play that much further up the field, especially when we come to face the very best sides? Time will tell but as I have suggested already on this page, Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to stray from his stated style.
“Kante himself looked incredible in his new role, making runs behind the Arsenal defence that any centre-forward would be proud of. It does leave Jorginho more often than not as the deepest midfielder and his best talents are clearly creating from there rather than covering defensively.
“It is however insular to think that this cannot work incredibly well. Cesc Fabregas has done that job before with some considerable success, pinging long, creative passes from the back there. I think it is pretty much accepted that Andrea Pirlo wasn’t too bad for Italy, AC Milan and Juventus in his years playing in exactly the same position, and he was far from a renowned defender.”