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N’Golo Kante is a peculiar player and no doubt a world-class talent, but he’s still a player who managers tend to have differing views about, and not everyone has used him to his best heights.
Under Claudio Ranieri for Leicester City, Kante was a rock in midfield as the Foxes went on to win their first ever Premier League title. Chelsea snapped him up immediately, and he’d eventually become an even better player for the Blues under Antonio Conte, as Chelsea won the league the following season.
However, there’s this feeling that Chelsea haven’t seen the best of Kante since the exit of Antonio Conte. He has still been a quality player, but he’s no longer being mentioned among the best players like previous seasons ago. In short, Kante used to be hailed as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard brought out the attacking dimension of the Frenchman, with the aim to use him win the ball quickly higher up the pitch. It did work at times, but we never still saw the best of the World Cup winner.
And now, new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would have yet another task of trying to fit Kante into his system. Tuchel himself made it known that he had been trying to sign Kante for many years while he was in charge of PSG, which brought about all those rumours. He now has his man, but he must have a plan to use him effectively. A well utilised Kante has rewarded his present club and his previous club a league title each.
Kante’s best attributes isn’t shown when a team bosses possession dominantly all through the game, which is very evident under Tuchel. Also, Tuchel has found a working midfield duo of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, and trying to fit in Kante into his system may just spoil the cog.
With wages of £290k per week and definitely being a world-class player, surely Kante doesn’t deserve to be on the bench. Injuries have kept him out of action since Tuchel’s appointment, but the German gaffer will now be scratching his head on what best to do with the midfield general.