Change can be difficult to take in sometimes, but it is also true that once you get used to it, you are also likely to grow into loving it.
Victor Moses was signed from Wigan as a forward for Chelsea six ago. He spent the first few years of his Chelsea career going in and out on loan at different clubs, until three seasons ago, when Antonio Conte arrived, and found him important to his plans for the team. He would then be converted to a full-back, and for nearly two years, Moses has played that position.
Before Moses’ importance was made evident in his role, not many gave him a chance, but he went ahead to prove himself – and we all saw how that panned out. Coaches like to experiment with their players, especially the ones they think have a lot of potential. It is necessary to point out that even before Moses, John Obi Mikel was also handed similar treatment under then manager Jose Mourinho, and he has gone ahead to flourish in the holding position.
N’Golo Kanté has been a midfield powerhouse since his arrival more than two years ago. His contributions in the holding position have been immense, and it’s no wonder he has been hailed as the best in that position in the whole world. But of course, like I mentioned, coaches look at your potentials, and then try to tweak you to their system, as long as it benefits the team.
For his first two seasons in Chelsea, Kanté was deployed as a holding midfielder by Antonio Conte. Now, we have a more attacking minded coach in Maurizio Sarri, and he has decided to allow him move further up the pitch, and pose some threat to opposition defences, because he feels he has it within him to do so – and it has to be said that he has indeed proven to be capable of being potent going further up the pitch. We saw what he did against Huddersfield Town weeks ago, and if anyone thought it was a fluke, he repeated it against Arsenal last weekend.
Kanté is a talented and versatile footballer, and still has so much more even when he isn’t stuck in the holding position. I get the fear that we may suffer against more attack minded teams if we allow Jorginho be the lone man in midfield, but I say we trust the coach, and allow him tinker to his pleasure. He has brought in a new system, and in due time we would reap the harvest, but we must exercise patience as well.
So far, Chelsea have been spectacular. So if this is what it takes to get us to the heights we so want to be, so be it.