N’Golo Kante’s struggles suggests resolute Maurizio Sarri must change his ways
Maurizio Sarri is known for having his chosen philosophy and rarely deviating away from that way of playing.
At Napoli, his starting XI loved him but the fringe players grew frustrated at the lack of playing time.
Also, he made signings that that fit his philosophy and moved on players that he didn’t need.
But at Chelsea, Sarri inherited a strong squad, and some of those players clearly don’t fit his way of playing.
And N’Golo Kante’s struggles so far this season highlight this.
Acknowledged as one of the best holding-midfielders in the world, Kante is a favourite of most fans in the Premier League due to his involvement in Leicester’s Premier League title.
However this season, Kante looks uncomfortable playing a slightly different role under Sarri.
He’s playing slightly further forward, and help link up Jorginho and Chelsea’s attackers.
But Kante’s skill lies in his ability to break up play and give the ball to his forward players.
In this new role though, Kante is enduring a tough run, and Sarri should consider changing his philosophy to suit Kante.
He could move to having two holding midfielders so Kante could play next to Jorginho.
And by doing that, he could push on the other midfielder slightly further, allowing them to be more of a factor offensively.