Garth Crooks: New Chelsea signing already contender for PFA award

The former Tottenham forward has been very impressed with N'Golo Kante's impact at Chelsea

Garth Crooks says Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is already a contender for the PFA player of the year award this season.

The France international played an important role in the west London side’s 4-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Pedro Rodriguez broke the deadlock inside the first minute before Gary Cahill extended their lead before the break and Eden Hazard added a third in the 61st minute.

Kante opened his Chelsea account nine minutes later when the summer signing darted past three United player before placing a finish past David De Gea.

The 25-year-old moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Premier League champions Leicester City in the summer transfer window.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks lavished praise on Kante for the defensive midfielder’s impact at the west London club since his summer switch.

“Kante’s performances have been so impressive this season that I have been left with no alternative but to put the France international on the early shortlist, with Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, for the PFA player of the year – and we are only in October,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.

Crooks added: “I don’t think I’ve seen a team look more delighted or celebrate a goal more than when N’Golo Kante put Chelsea 4-0 up against Manchester United.

“Admittedly, the celebrations signalled the complete and total demolition of United but it also signified the affection in which the Frenchman is held by his team-mates. What was even more impressive was the way Kante waltzed around defender Chris Smalling and slid the ball past keeper David de Gea with nonchalant ease.”

Chelsea hoisted themselves up to fourth place in the Premier League table above Tottenham Hotspur thanks to their landslide win.

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The Blues make the trip to West Ham United in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

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