How will Kante fare under Conte?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 19, 2016
The 25-year-old was Antonio Conte’s prime target on his shortlist as the newly-appointed Italian looks to rebuild a Chelsea side that struggled to a 10th placed finish last season.
Kante was the heartbeat of a Leicester City team that shocked the world by winning the Premier League by a comfortable 10-point gap in May. He made 37 appearances for the Foxes, scoring one goal.
During this extraordinary season, Kante became the first player in the top five leagues to win over 100 tackles, winning 105, seven more that second placed, Toulouse midfielder, Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro.
The above stat alone proves that, despite not being as effective in-front of goal, defensively, he is, and will be key to Chelsea’s chase for the title.
He decided to leave the King Power for Stamford Bridge in a £32 million pound deal, describing the move “A dream come true.”
He then went on to label new boss, Conte, “A brilliant coach.”
One thing about Kante, is his never-ending energy, his ability to glide around the pitch with ease, something Chelsea missed last season. He is a perfect fit for Conte and if they’re serious about winning back the title, he needs to be at the centre of their plans.
If N’Golo Kante can win the title for Leicester City, imagine what he can produce for a club usually competing for trophy’s. At just 25-years-old on a five-year contract, he should provide value for money.
I think it’s fair to say that Chelsea were a sorry bunch last term, but with the installation of Kante, and of course other new signing, Michy Batshuayi into the ranks, it should bring a bit of life back into proceedings.
Despite surprisingly missing out on the Euro 2016 final against Portugal, my instinct still tells me the £32m man will be a key figure in the new system that Conte looks to bring to London, a fine signing indeed.