'Can't wait': Some Liverpool fans come to the same conclusion about Chelsea star

N’Golo Kante earned a lot of love from Chelsea supporters and followers of rival clubs after he was nominated for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

It was announced yesterday that Kante, along with Blues teammate Jorginho and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, had been put up for the inaugural individual honour.

Both players were crucial to Chelsea’s Champions League triumph and Thomas Tuchel’s transformation of the team.

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They also got their hands on the UEFA Super Cup trophy last week.

Kante especially shone during the latter stages of the European tournament.

The Frenchman was named man of the match in the round of 16 win over Atletico Madrid, both semi-final victories against Real Madrid and in the final versus City.

How many in history can claim that accolade?

Of course, Chelsea fans were split between which of their two midfielders deserved the prize more.

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Liverpool enthusiasts weighed in on this debate by tipping Kante to take the top billing.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Case for Jorginho

There are suitable arguments for either of the Chelsea stars to claim UEFA’s highest accolade.

Whilst Kante ripped it up at club level, Jorginho went a step further by guiding his country to international acclaim.

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Italy were crowned European Champions for the second time in their history this summer, beating England at Wembley in the final on penalties.

Roberto Mancini’s side worked efficiently as a unit, tied together by Jorginho pulling the strings from within the Gli Azzurri’s beating heart.

He and Emerson Palmieri became only the eighth and ninth players in history to win the Euros and Champions League in the same year.  

Is anyone giving De Bruyne a sniff? Certainly not from a Chelsea standpoint.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.