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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, isn’t as good as Michael Essien and Frank Lampard.
This is according to former Premier League midfielder Joey Barton, who claims the standard of the Premier League has dropped in recent years.
Barton believes Kante, a World Cup winner and two-time Premier League champion, is not on the same level as Essien, Lampard, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard.
Speaking on Robbie Fowler’s podcast, Barton said: “Some people think the level of the Premier League has gone up.
“I think it’s gone down. I had a discussion the other day about who we’ve played against. Your [Frank] Lampards, [Steven] Gerrards, [Michael] Essiens, [Paul] Scholes, [Patrick] Vieiras, [Roy] Keanes. The creme de menthe of midfielders.
“They talk to me now about N’Golo Kante being an enforcer. I’ve played against N’Golo Kante. He wouldn’t have lasted a minute. They were all 6ft4 machines.”