N’Golo Kante is the secret behind Leicester City’s success this season

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Following what has been a quite incredible campaign, Leicester City can return to the peak of the Premier League on Monday night if they defeat reigning champions Chelsea - who’d have thought you would be able to say those words four months into the season?

Jamie Vardy leads the race for the Golden Boot and Riyad Mahrez is lighting up England's top flight with his dazzling performances - but Leicester aren’t a two-man team.

Midfielder N’Golo Kante has been the Foxes' unsung hero this season and the man behind his side's magnificent form.


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At the end of last campaign, when it was announced Esteban Cambiasso would not be renewing his contract at Leicester, many feared for their chances of staying in the Premier League.

They originally brought in Swiss international Gokhan Inler to replace Cambiasso - a player with experience of playing at the highest level.

It hasn’t quite worked out how he would have hoped, though, with the 31-year-old making just two league appearances under Claudio Ranieri.

Instead, the Italian manager has turned to the unknown Frenchman Kante, whose top-flight experience included only one season in Ligue 1 prior to his £5.6 million move.

It has since proved an inspired move, though even Ranieri will be shocked by the impact Kante has made.

Playing in a team with so many attacking players, the 24-year-old is the crucial shield to a defence that likely feared the worst upon the departure of Cambiasso. His energy and discipline have been vital to Leicester's form this season.

The biggest problem Leicester now face is keeping hold of their top players, Kante being one of those. He would be the perfect signing for a side like Arsenal who, with long-term injuries to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, will certainly be looking to buy a top, central midfielder.

If Leicester can keep hold of Mahrez, Vardy and Kante this January, there is no reason their Champions League dream can’t become reality.

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