Kante's injury creates unmissable opportunity for Chelsea's 22-year-old

22-year-old Chelsea player is about to walk straight into Thomas Tuchel's starting line-up now - TCC View

N’golo Kante was enjoying another stellar performance at the weekend against Tottenham before an injury cruelly ended his afternoon early.

The Frenchman was looking back to his best alongside Jorginho, dominating the midfield battle for the majority of the 90 minutes.

In a fluid and unique system deployed by Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea performed as well as they have in years on the pitch, with Kante at the heart of everything good happening at Stamford Bridge.

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Tuchel brought on Conor Gallagher as his injury replacement, with him making his second cameo as a Chelsea player.

Even in the brief time he was on the pitch, the Englishman showed he has the quality to compete at a level above Crystal Palace where he impressed on loan last season.

With the top three midfielders, Jorginho, Kante and Mateo Kovacic so highly regarded at the top of the game, it is difficult for anyone coming into that group to impress enough to see regular gametime.

Unmissable opportunity for Gallagher

However, with the Croatian also suffering from injuries to begin the campaign, it seems Gallagher is being handed an unmissable opportunity to make a statement.

The upcoming fixture against Leeds United could be a match which suits his strengths too, with the midfield battle likely to be crucial in determining the result.

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His ability to win the ball back high up the pitch was highlighted as a key trait of his over the last season, with it even on show a number of times against Spurs at the weekend.

If he can do this on Sunday, it could see the Blues start attacks from positions high up the pitch, allowing them to catch Jesse March’s side out.

With the work-rate seen by Mason Mount in last week’s exhausting heat, it is for sure that he won’t be alone in his quest to dominate the middle of the park.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released