Similarly to his performances last season, there seems to be little fanfare around N’Golo Kante’s move to Chelsea.
With bigger names outshining his move to Stamford Bridge in the way the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez took the plaudits in Leciester’s title winning season, Kante’s £30m move from Leicester to Chelsea could prove a real game changer as the Premier League looks it’s most exciting for years.
The French midfielder was silently the driving force behind Leicester’s title winning campaign with partner Danny Drinkwater being heralded for the part he played more so than Kante, but Chelsea boss Antonio Conte recognised the amazing talent of the player that cost just £6m for Caen last summer, and steamed ahead of Real Madrid to sign the French international.
Many feel Kante should have earned far more praise than he did last term, none more than our own Jason Cundy who has talked up the Chelsea new boy for some time.
And now, having finally seen Kante sign on the dotted line at Stamford Bridge, is of the belief that the Kante is the marquee signing that can make Chelsea title challengers.
He told Football Fanzone today:
For me Chelsea getting Kante is the signing of the summer simply for the price that was paid, his age and the standard of player they are getting.
I said it during last season and I’ll say it again, there isn’t one team in the league he wouldn’t have improved last term, and further to that there isn’t a team challenging for the title this year that he wouldn’t improve so Chelsea are extremely fortunate to have signed a player of his quality, especially given the lack of European football at Stamford Bridge.
In this day and age, with the ridiculous fees being mentioned, a player of Kante’s talents should cost something in the £50m range.
Chelsea have been fortunate in terms of defensive midfielders, the phrase ‘the Makelele role’ really came to prominence during Claude Makelele’s spell at Stamford Bridge but since departing in 2008, Chelsea have never really replaced him. Matic looked good initially but his downturn last season, makes this signing all the more important, and I’d say they now have a worthy heir to Makelele’s throne. And further to that, Kante also adds an attacking threat that Claude didn’t; he is a real game changer.
From what I’ve seen his name can be included in discussions of the best DMs in the world, so to sign him for £3om at the age of 25 in this market is an absolute snip. There is the chance that he could be world class for a number of years in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, although he isn’t quite yet given that the best players do it season after season. So lets see what he does next year, can he do it week in week out?
That said, the signing puts Chelsea in a different position; not only can they push from 10th place to challenging for the top 4 but I’d even say a title run isn’t off the cards given what Kante adds.
I’m surprised that Jose didn’t try and take him to United, Wenger didn’t move for him and City didn’t go for him especially with their central midfield.
The signing is an amazing coup for Chelsea and without seeing all the comings and goings its a marquee signing given that he was the most important midfielder in the league last season and the most effective.