Not a lot of players switch to a new club, and ease into the team immediately (ask Fernando Torres). Even the ones who do don’t impress for the first few weeks. However, N’Golo Kanté has surpassed all expectations in just two seasons at Chelsea.
The French man doesn’t score goals, but he does what he does better than any other player in the same position in the division, and that is stop the opposition from scoring goals.
If there ever was a doubt to his talent and usefulness to a team, the manner in which his former side, Leicester City has plummeted since his departure surely has quelled that.
Before Kanté arrived Stamford Bridge, we lacked a midfielder with his eye and energy. It was the missing part of the Chelsea team for many seasons, and that stopped us from actually competing at the very top; his arrival has given our midfield zest and potency, and that has also rubbed off on other areas of the team (especially in attack).
Kanté’s hard work has not gone unnoticed either; in his two seasons at Chelsea, he has been received top honors both at club and league levels. Last season, he was named the PFA ‘Player of the Year’, and this season, he is has been named the Chelsea ‘Player of the Season’. All of that have come as a result of his hard work and talent, and it’s really worth appreciating.
However, with these accolades coming his way in just his 2 seasons at Chelsea, one can’t help but wonder if this automatically puts him ahead of Hazard as our most valuable player.
Of course, the Belgian is more talented, and he gets more goals, but has Kanté brought more to the club than he has in these last two seasons? That is debatable, but the individual honors at club and league levels suggest so.
Of course, we love them both, and we’re happy to have them at our club at the same time, but it also feels good to know that apart from Eden Hazard, we have another player that stands tall, and deservedly can command very huge figures in today’s transfer market.