N’Golo Kante joined Leicester from Caen ahead of the 2015-16 campaign and played a key role as the Foxes defied the consensus to win the Premier League title.
He also followed it up with some impressive displays for France at the Euro 2016 when called upon.
Due to his impressive displays, the 25-year-old has been snapped up by Chelsea ahead of the new season.
Last season, the 25 year-old featured in all but one of Leicester city’s league matches, scoring one goal and assisting four more with an 82% pass completion rate.
He seems to be the perfect solution to Chelsea’s defensive frailties and no wonder the Antonio Conte led side have gone all out to get their man.
What will he bring to Chelsea?
In Chelsea’s title winning campaign Nemanja Matic played the defensive midfield role to perfection but he couldn’t reproduce such imposing displays in the 2015-2016 campaign which has led to reports that he may be leaving Chelsea soon with Juventus and Manchester united showing interest.
With the arrival of Kante, Chelsea fans needn’t worry much. Here is a player in the mould of Claude Makelele, a Chelsea fan favourite who redefined the role of a defensive midfielder.
At just 25, Kante has the potential to achieve greater things for Chelsea. His tough tackling and energy means that he will sit well in front of the defence and plug the gaping hole linking the defence to the midfield.
He could also form a rock solid partnership with Cesc Fabregas in Conte’s favoured 3-5-2 formation, much like Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo did at Juventus, thus giving an attacking and defensive balance to the team.
Jose Mourinho’s all conquering Chelsea side of 2004-2007 was renowned for the powerful players they had in midfield, the likes of Makelele, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien etc.
These players often bullied opposing teams in the mid-field area and ensured that their defence was hard to breach, though football has moved on beyond that yet the power and pace that Kante will bring to the midfield will provide a base for the attacking players, and at the same time ensure that the defence is hard to breach just as he did for the Foxes.
His 82% pass completion rate shows that he is a player who doesn’t give the ball away often and his one goal and four assists shows that he is willing to contribute to attack despite his defensive duties.
This means he is a player who can easily turn a defensive play into an attacking one with one pass, or a sprint from a defensive zone to an attacking zone in a counter-attacking play.
Chelsea have got a good player in their hands and Kante has got a world-class coach who can properly harness his potentials and together make Chelsea a side that is hard beat once more.