Glenn Hoddle claims £30m Chelsea player is 'immense' but really needs to improve his shooting

Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante needs to improve his shooting even though he thinks he’s brilliant at everything else.

Kante, 30, has started in back-to-back games since domestic football returned after the October international break. It’s a huge positive given he’s had a stop-start season so far.

The all-action central midfielder played during Wednesday night’s 4-0 home win against Malmo, which was an important result in the Champions League group stages. 

He played just over an hour for Thomas Tuchel’s side last night and delivered the kind of energetic performance that has become second nature for him. Some Chelsea fans waxed lyrical about the performance.

Hoddle described Kante as an “immense talent” during Chelsea’s victory over Malmo. However, found a rare criticism in his game when it comes to contributing in front of goal. 

“As a player, he’s got everything apart from maybe that edge of the box finish,” Hoddle said during live commentary on BT Sport 3 (20 October).

“The amount of times I see him hit balls there [on the edge of the box] and the ratio isn’t enough. He’s got to hit the target better.

“It’s something he can improve on. As a player you always want to get better. He has got immense talent. He is good at so many things but it is something he can improve.”

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N’Golo Kante almost the perfect player

Kante’s record of 12 goals in 226 Chelsea appearances speaks for itself, despite the fact there are a few gems in there. 

Everyone should know by now that the Frenchman is far more than just a ball-winner out possession that breaks up play. 

Of course, he’s a nightmare for opposition because of his defensive work. But, he offers so much now to the Chelsea XI with the ball and he’s massively improved that area of his game to contribute extra.

His ability to break lines with his dribbling is pivotal, so becoming a slightly better goalscorer is the only thing he can take to another level. 

He walks into any XI in the world when he’s on form.

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Biggest Blues bargain ever?

For Chelsea, Kante has to be right up there in terms of biggest ever bargains. 

He cost £30million to bring to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City in 2016, which has turned out to be a break taking bit of business. 

The midfielder has won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League during his time in a Chelsea shirt.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.