N’Golo Kante had only scored four goals in English football prior to the start of the current campaign.
However, the Chelsea star - widely regarded as the best holding midfielder in the world - has already netted the same number of goals this season and we’re not even in February yet.
Maurizio Sarri’s controversial decision to move the 27-year-old into a more attacking role, in order to accommodate summer signing Jorginho, has surprisingly turned Kante into a goal-threat.
He scored his fourth of the 2018-19 season against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Thursday night.
His shot from the edge of the box flew through the legs of three opposition players, including the Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. Not sure even Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have ever scored with a triple-nutmeg before.
Kante’s goal levelled the scores on aggregate and helped Chelsea to eventually book their place in next month’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Now, Kante is known as one of the nicest people in football, ultra-humble and unexpectedly shy for an elite-level footballer.
However, you don’t scale the heights Kante has unless you have some fire burning inside you - and the Frenchman proved at Stamford Bridge on Thursday that he knows how to stand up for himself.
Early in the second half, Danny Rose came across Kante at neck height and shoved him in order to win the ball.
Kante immediately sought revenge, clearly unhappy with the amount of force Rose had used against him, and left the English left-back screaming in pain with a crunching challenge.
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Needless to say, Kante did not check to see if his opponent was okay.
Referee Martin Atkinson handed Kante a yellow card for the full-blooded tackle, which was probably fair.
But it just shows that Kante can’t be bullied, despite his reputation as a timid guy.
He might only be 5ft 6in tall, but he’s powerful and more than happy to get stuck into opponents - especially those who attempt to bully him on the pitch.