Pat Nevin says Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has been his ‘usual impeccable self’
Chelsea continued some strong form of late by dispatching Burnley 3-0 away from home over the weekend in a Premier League match and there were plenty of signs that the team is starting to gel, as some of the new signings begin to settle at Stamford Bridge.
Blues manager Frank Lampard used a 4-3-3 formation at Turf Moor which worked superbly well and going forward the team were ruthless, plus the team’s improvement in defence is clear as day with yet another clean sheet.
But the man at the heart of the team’s success at the weekend was N’Golo Kante, who is so often the unsung hero when he plays.
The £30million (BBC) star was dropped back into a defensive midfield position, with the duo of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount playing either side of him but in box-to-box roles.
It was up to the French World Cup winner to provide the defensive cover out of possession, something he did extremely well with his reading of the game, pace of recovery and tackling ability.
Pat Nevin has been discussing Kante’s influence so far this season and suggested he’s looking at his very best right now.
The 29-year-old has shown in recent years he’s one of the best central midfielders in the world and his real strengths are on show when he’s mopping up danger in front of the defence.
“What about the cover in front of the defence? It is impossible to talk about that job without mentioning N’Golo Kante, who has been back in that deeper role more regularly this season. He has been his usual impeccable self, breaking up play and even becoming a bit of a passing machine,” Nevin told the club’s official website.