Middlesbrough Fan Casually Scouted N'Golo Kante Two Years Before Leicester City Signed Him
While N'Golo Kante was playing in France's second tier, a diehard Middlesbrough fan scouted the midfielder and recommended him to the club which even got a response from the club's official Twitter account.
Dennis' tweet from two years ago is suddenly doing the rounds. The Boro fan urged then-manager Tony Mowbray to check out Kante who was plying his trade for Caen.
"Boro scouts: tell Tony #Mowbray to check out #Caen midfielder Ngolo #Kante before #Wenger gets him. Top top player," he wrote back in 2013.
To which Boro replied: "Passed on to our scouts, thanks Dennis."
@Boro That's great. He's an outstanding creative player, winning plaudits from media & players alike- Dennis Abbott (@DennisAbbott) August 20, 2013
"That's great. He's an outstanding creative player, winning plaudits from media & players alike," Dennis added.
"Thanks Dennis - they're going to look," they replied.
Should have listened to Dennis, Boro. From Kante to Dean Whitehead.
Everyone sharing that old tweet of the guy telling #Boro to look at Kante seem to forget that at that time, Dean Whitehead was 32 and just coming into his peak.- Tom (@tom_muldowney) July 28, 2019
Time for some new scouts I reckon- Raekwon the Meff (@graves972) July 27, 2019
Had a mere here lads ain't ya- Calum Robinson (@CalumRobinson13) July 27, 2019
Clearly didn't- :star::star::star::star::star::star: (@NotNinjaah) July 27, 2019
Of course, Boro failed to sign Kante with Leicester City snapping him up for a measly £5.6 million in 2015 before Chelsea shelled out £32 million to acquire his luxurious services.
He eventually went on to win back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester then Chelsea as well as the FA Cup and Europa League, not to mention the World Cup with France in 2018.
One that got away...