Garth Crooks: This new Chelsea signing much more than holding midfielder

The Tottenham legend heaps praise on Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Garth Crooks says N’Golo Kante is much more than a holding midfielder after the France international’s impressive performance in Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Leicester City.

The 25-year-old was pitted against his former employers at Stamford Bridge for the first time since his £32m summer move to the west London club from Leicester.

Kante played a key role in Leicester’s Premier League title success last season as Claudio Ranieri’s side finished 10 points clear of second-place Arsenal.

The Chelsea midfielder has already established himself as a key part of Antonio Conte’s starting line-up following his big-money summer switch.

However, former Spurs midfielder Crooks is adamant that Kante offers much more to the Chelsea side than just protecting the back four.

“It is not often I select a player for my team of the week who everyone agrees with. In fact, part of the fun is to get you to disagree with me,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“However, when it comes to Kante, there couldn’t have been anyone in either the Chelsea or Leicester camp who thought the midfielder was not superb throughout on his return to his former club.

“To call the France international a ‘holding player’ does him the most incredible disservice, particularly when he covers so much ground, has touch, vision and reads the game so brilliantly.

“The affection in which he is held by his former Leicester team-mates was clearly visible after the game. To see Kante go over to the Foxes fans and applaud them suggests his move to Chelsea in the summer was more to do with business than pleasure.”

Chelsea are in fifth place in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Manchester City after eight top-flight games under Conte.

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The west London side will host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon.

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