Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has adapted a different role this season under Maurizio Sarri, where at times he’s given more licence to join in with the attack.

The Blues signed the France international for £30million (BBC) from Leicester City back in 2016 and he’s gone on to reach world-class levels at Stamford Bridge.

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He is for many people the best defensive midfielder in world football due to his brilliant work-rate, interceptions and tackles.

But the 27-year-old is no longer playing the anchor role in front of the defence under Maurizio Sarri, as that belongs to deep-lying playmaker Jorginho.

Kante is still an ever-present in the Blues starting XI, but is playing in a box-to-box central midfield role.

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The 5ft 6in certainly has his limitations in attack, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in 105 Chelsea appearances.

He is making improvements under Sarri in terms of passing and is always a willing runner that covers every blade of grass.

But some may feel his lack of influence going forward raises question marks over his place in the side, especially when the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas are having to watch on from the sidelines for large spells.

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It’s in Chelsea’s crunch fixtures against the big teams that Kante will prove he’s indispensable and there is every chance he will give a masterclass in defending against Spurs.

Spurs are without injured Mousa Dembele for the game at Wembley and it will be no surprise to see Kante spoiling the fun for the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

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