We have seen Kante steal the ball from players so often that we have become used to it

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante stands out for his ability to steal the ball from players, and he does this effortlessly.

Kante has often been hailed as a two-in-one midfielder due to his special ability to win tackles and the energy he has that makes him everywhere in the danger zone where the team needs him.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has hailed Kante’s special talent and believes that fans have now become so accustomed to it that they forget how difficult it really is to pull such a skill.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “It is the same when watching N’Golo Kante playing in midfield and winning tackle after tackle when he is second favourite to get the ball.

“He is in my opinion the best in the world at that skill and by some distance, but we are in danger of thinking it is normal because we see it so often. It isn’t, it is phenomenal every time.”

Kante missed Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday, and Blues boss Frank Lampard revealed afterwards that he suffered a hamstring injury.

“He’s reported some feeling in his hamstring yesterday after training,” Lampard told Sky Sports before Chelsea’s clash with Burnley.

“We have him overnight to see how it was, it wasn’t good enough this morning so not good enough to play.

“Though these things always give an opportunity you don’t want them because we’re missing good players.

“N’Golo… everyone knows how important he is for us. But not worth the risk in any way but opens the door for Ross Barkley at this point to come in and play.”

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