'Maybe': Joe Cole suggests current Chelsea star could even surpass Frank Lampard's legacy as a player

Joe Cole has boldly suggested that N’Golo Kante could even surpass Frank Lampard’s legacy as a Chelsea player, depending on if he wins any more trophies in the next few years.

For many, central midfielder Lampard goes down as the greatest player in Blues history.

He’s the all-time record goalscorer that was a serial winner during his playing days at Stamford Bridge. For example, he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League once to go along with numerous other successes.

It’s important not to combine his recent managerial stint at the Bridge with his playing career. Incidentally, Lampard’s reportedly on the verge of landing the Everton job and returning to management for the first time since sacked last year by the Blues.

Pundit and ex-Chelsea star Cole has paid Kante the greatest compliment by suggesting he may be able to eclipse Lampard’s legacy.

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Kante, 30, has won the Premier League and Champions League in a Chelsea shirt. He’s a unique central midfielder that’s won the hearts of the fanbase due to his non-stop smile, plus he’s outstanding both in and out of possession while covering every blade of grass.

“Yes I do,” Cole responded when asked if he thinks Kante is the best midfielder in the world.

“Also, I think N’Golo now stands shoulder to shoulder with any of the great midfielders at this club. You can put him next to Frank [Lampard], you can put him next to [Claude] Makelele. If he goes on a few more years and achieves more, maybe he surpasses them.

“In terms of influence on the pitch, I don’t think there is a more influential midfielder in world football. When he doesn’t play it hurts us so much… He’s the only player in the squad you take him out it’s hard to replace him.”

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Lampard the Chelsea king

Of course, it boils down to opinion.

There are so many great former Chelsea players that supporters remember as the best in the club’s history. Lampard, John Terry, Gianfranco Zola, Peter Osgood, Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard etc.

It’s fair to say Kante may end up in that discussion if he continues for a few more years like Cole suggests.

For me, Lampard rules supreme for what he did at the club.

In fairness, Kante may have a much stronger case when you look at overall careers, as he’s won the Premier League with Leicester City and the World Cup with France.

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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.