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N’Golo Kante has been a top player since signing for Chelsea, and has been hailed as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world due to his work rate.
Kante barely ever misses a game, but last season was a different one for him. The Frenchman’s impact wasn’t felt as he missed a huge number of the team’s games due to injuries.
Kante featured in just 22 league games, and 28 in all competitions, due to his injury troubles, and former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has revealed that Kante’s style of play caught up with him as he has been overworked over a period of years, which led to his injury and lack of impact last season.
“I’m a massive fan of Kante, I think he’s a phenomenal player,” ex-Chelsea and Leicester keeper Mark Schwarzer told Goal. “His rise to stardom has been well documented and having been with him for that one season at Leicester, it was a joy to be there, watching and playing with him.
“I think it’s all just caught up with him physically because he’s a player that’s very mobile, does a lot of work all over the pitch, it’s taken its toll.
“He’s played a lot of the time with little niggling injuries and he’s played through the pain barrier and I think last season it caught up with him a lot. He struggled to get any real consistency in terms of game time because of his injuries.
“I hope this season after the coronavirus break he has hopefully given his body time to recover and hopefully get things right physically. If he can do that he’ll be a massive asset for Chelsea. I hope they keep hold of him.”
Prior to last season, Kante had featured in at least 34 games a season since coming to the Premier League in 2015.