It is quite rare that we witness a player who doesn't lead the scoring charts or even conjure up assists in a game, but is still regarded as the most vital member of the first-team.
N’Golo Kante has played a pivotal part in Leicester City’s Premier League winning campaign, and in doing so, has attracted some of the biggest names in European football.
Former Premier League champions Chelsea have expressed their inclination to sign the brilliant Frenchman, and they are ready to treble his wages, providing him with a five-year deal to ward off suitors like Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Mirror.
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Kante might not be the most glamorous in terms of his style, and would not be valued highly in the transfer market, but he is the commander of midfield – a role similar to former Chelsea star Claude Makelele.
Makelele was the backbone of the Blues for five years from 2003-08, helping them win six major honours, including two Premier League titles.
He redefined English football upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, and his brilliance on the pitch earned plaudits from experts and fans alike, who dubbed the defensive midfield role as ‘the Makelele role’.
Kante, too, has similar traits, as he plays the anchorman at the heart of the midfield, breaking up opposition attacks, covering for the fullbacks as they surge forward, and ensuring the team doesn't get overrun in midfield.
The important aspect of a defensive midfielder remains the positional sense and innate anticipation skills to identify attacks of the opponents and routinely stop them effectively.
Kante has proved he is the ideal candidate who can be the engine of the midfield and the link between the defence and attack, which would only result in the squad’s dominance over their rivals.
He still has three years remaining on his current contract at the King Power Stadium but also has a buy-out clause of £20 million which would not be an issue for Roman Abramovich and co.
Incoming boss Antonio Conte prefers box-to-box midfielders like Kante who can operate proficiently from the middle of the pitch, dictating the game for the entire 90 minutes.
The statistics of the 25-year-old prove he is worthy of a move to a bigger club in future. He averaged 4.7 tackles, 4.2 interceptions, and 1.5 clearances during last season, as well as having an 82.2% pass success rate with the highest number of interceptions (156) in the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign, as claimed by WhoScored.com.
The west London club dominated the English top flight after the arrival of Makelele and hope to replicate the same if they can acquire the services of the Foxes’ ace this summer.
Kante has all the credentials to overturn the fortunes of the Blues as the hierarchy aim to rejuvenate a frail and beleaguered squad at Stamford Bridge.
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