Chelsea’s form this season has been inconsistent, to say the least. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact problem but some questions have been raised about N’Golo Kante’s contributions. The success rate the Blues have with and without him is startling.
The French midfielder is undoubtedly one of the club’s best players. He is considered one of if not the best midfielder in Europe and Chelsea are extremely lucky to have him. However, a worrying statistic has led to questions about his involvement.
The Blues’ win percentage with Kante in the side this season is just 36%. In comparison, when the 28-year-old is not in the side, their win percentage is 71%. This is a worrying statistic for a player who is regarded as one of Lampard’s most important.
It would be easy to say that Kante should not be in the starting line-up based on this statistic. But it is not that simple. The midfielder was brilliant in the defeat to Newcastle yesterday and cannot be blamed for the loss.
He adds so much to the Chelsea midfield and will be deeply missed when he eventually moves on. The problem is that when the club faces teams they dominate against, Kante is not necessarily what is needed in the midfield.
Although he pops up with a goal on occasion, the World Cup winner is not going to take the game to his opponent in an attacking sense. When the Blues are dominating and looking to break down a stubborn defence, Ross Barkley or Mason Mount are more likely to provide the match-winning moment.
That does not mean that Kante should be left out. He brings so much to the Chelsea team and is not the reason behind the patchy form. The statistic might make him easy to blame, but other issues sooner need addressing.