Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated players in the Premier League – Ngolo Kante’s sensational performances often go under the radar, but not today.
The 29-year-old produced a man of the match performance in todays 0-0 draw against Leeds United, with his first half performance in particular leaving Blues fans purring.
Kante struggled to influence the side under Frank Lampard at times playing in a midfield three – he was often forced out wide.
But under Thomas Tuchel, and playing in a midfield duo, Kante has come into his own and we are starting to see performances on the level that earned him a move to Chelsea.
Kante took the Premier League by storm in 2016 and Leicester romped to the title, with the Frenchman at the heart of their success.
In his first season at Chelsea he ensured he won back-to-back Premier League titles, with Antonio Conte’s side claiming crown in 2017.
It won’t be the title this season for Chelsea – their eyes are firmly fixed on the top four.
The Blues are unbeaten in 12 games under Tuchel, but lost ground in the race for the Champions League spots at Elland Road today, with their competitors to play later this weekend.
It’s undoubtedly two points dropped for Tuchel’s side, but the manner of the performance will certainly have pleased him and it extends his unbeaten run.
The one performance that caught Chelsea fans eyes though, was that of Kante.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter….
-hectic start to the game, could’ve easily been 2-0 down or 2-0 up
-credit to the CB’s who’ve dealt with Leeds pretty well
-Ziyech doesn’t look sharp
-Havertz & Pulisic started well, need to get them involved more
-Hudson-Odoi needed imo
— Dubois (@CFCDUBois) March 13, 2021
N'Golo Kante in the first half against Leeds:
◉ Most touches (58)
◉ Most total duels (7)
◉ =Most recoveries (6)
◉ Most chances created (2)
◉ =Most interceptions (2)
◉ =Most tackles (2)
Running the show. pic.twitter.com/FAXqxGiFQZ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 13, 2021
Kante is casually dropping an incredible all-round midfield display here. No fuss, no bother.
— ExpectedChelsea (@ExpectedChelsea) March 13, 2021
Not good enough. 2 points dropped. Mendy Christiansen Rudiger Kante played well but on to Madrid.
— Pie London (@PieCFC) March 13, 2021