Kante’s shocker vs. Spain hints at decline

No matter how the last couple of months of the season go, N’Kolo Kante’s second campaign in England will be deemed a success. The Frenchman lifted the Premier League trophy in his debut term as part of the Leicester fairytale before slipping away at what seems the optimum time to join Chelsea over the summer, where he will, barring an almighty collapse, hold England’s biggest prize aloft again.

Kante has by no means been a passenger either, with his tireless running a quite frankly scary tackling and interception stats allowing both the Foxes and the Blues to operate with two-man midfields, which have been vital for Claudio Ranieri and Antonio Conte.

Alas, the 26-year-old’s form has dipped a little of late, with his performances not quite as awe-inspiring as they have been, and his display for vs. Spain while away on international duty was, perhaps, the worst yet.

While his 69 touches of the ball were the joint-most of any Les Bleus star (they lost 2-0, so that’s not massive praise), his one tackle and interception across the entirety of the friendly was worrying given that’s what his game is based on and that La Roja dominated possession, having almost 60% of the ball across the 90 minutes.

It may be too early to call this an alarm, but Chelsea will be hopeful Kante is back on it when the Premier League returns this weekend.