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N'Golo Kante - The Man, The Myth, The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Jack Kenmare in  pub-talk

I'd go as far to say that he's the best central midfield player in the world on current form, I really would. - Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard is one of only three players to record both 100+ goals and 100+ assists in the Premier League. Frank Lampard is fourth in the all-time list for Premier League goals, with 177.

Frank Lampard scored 41 Premier League goals from outside the box - the highest tally in the competition's history.

So when Frank Lampard pays you a compliment like that, you take it and run. And I can guarantee you, N'Golo Kante is running. Somewhere.

Kante

in N'Golo Kante, we are witnessing something truly special and last night was just further proof of his incredible journey.

From playing in a suburb of Paris, just across the River Seine from the Bois de Boulogne, to having Paul Pogba in his back pocket in front of 41,000 at Stamford Bridge, this man has developed into one of the world's best central midfielders, to quote Frank Lampard.

In fact, It is believed that N'Golo Kante was arrested shortly after the match after leaving Stamford Bridge with £89 million in his back pocket

Kante

But in all seriousness, the man brings so much to the table.

He allows attacking players the freedom to roam. I mean, there's a reason why Eden Hazard is back to his best and his name is N'Golo Kante. The man can defend, attack and provide. Just look at last night's performance against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Yes, he scored the winner, but look at the amount of times he intercepted and broke up play. It's unnatural.

Kante has dispossessed an opponent on 267 occasions over the last two seasons. We haven't seen the like since Claude Makelele, who more or less created the role. His ability to dispossess is a huge reason why Chelsea are dominating in terms of possession this season.

On Monday night, Manchester United had just 28% possession against Chelsea, their lowest figure in a match this season.

But the beauty of N'Golo reaches beyond his ability to defend.

The 26-year-old has completed the fifth most passes (1367) in the Premier League this season. His ability to lay off and drive is just another string to his bow. The opposition struggle to deal with how comfortable he is in and out of possession.

Kante

You can see where I'm going with this, but let's keep providing you with more evidence of Kante's brilliance.

For me, the judgement of a 'world class' player is deemed on whether he performs on the big stage.

Not only has he delivered against the top six this season, but both of N'Golo Kante's goals for Chelsea have come against Manchester United.

Paul Pogba, on the other hand, may have cost Manchester United an extra £59 million, but he has failed to arise against the 'top' Premier League clubs. The world's most expensive player failed to successfully complete a single dribble last night.

To quote @Carefreedaily, does this mean Kanté is now worth £178m more because he pocketed Pogba twice?

Pogba

Chelsea have now won 13 consecutive home games across all competitions, conceding just six goals and keeping eight clean sheets.

He certainly isn't the sole reason behind such a magnificent record, but his influence is there for all to see. Kante has slotted into Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system perfectly and his partnership with Nemanja Matic has been game-changing.

The midfielder is the epitome of a true professional. Of course he should win the PFA Player of the Year award in April, but his character matches his ability.

If I had to sum up the Frenchman in three words it would be - humble, hardworking and brilliant.

Former Leicester scout Steve Walsh, the man who scouted Kante, once said:

"It's not necessarily about what you do when you've got the ball, a lot of the time it's about what you do when you don't have it."

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Jack Kenmare

Back in 1998, Nicky Butt's typically wayward strike hit me right in the head. I proceeded to fall off my chair. I cherish this moment.

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