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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder and box to box midfielder in the whole world, but it seems that his inclusion in the Chelsea team this season has done more hurt than good to the Blues performances.
Kante is unarguably Chelsea’s best player and he’s by far the highest paid player at the club. However, injury hasn’t been on his side since last season. He was forced to play through injury as he took pain killer ahead of the Europa League final against Arsenal last season and also played an important role for France in the World Cup last summer. Subsequently, Kante missed pre-season with Frank Lampard and has been battling injury ever since.
In Kante’s absence at some point this season, Chelsea midfielders Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic formed an effective partnership in the middle of the park and Chelsea easily defeated teams at the time going on a run of six straight victories – the best run under Frank Lampard.
When Kante is fit, he’s the first name on the sheet, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has struggled to know his best midfield trio to partner with Kante.
Stats however show that Kante’s inclusion has brought more harm than good to Chelsea.
Chelsea have only won 33.3 per cent of their league games with Kante in the team and 87.5% without him. In all competitions it gets slightly better but they have still won only 36.8% with him and a surprising 71.4% without him.
What really could be the problem of having Kante in the team, when he’s definitely the team’s best player?
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