Jamie Carragher explains why Chelsea star is his player of the year

Jamie Carragher delivers his verdict on N'Golo Kante and explains why he is his player of the year

Jamie Carragher believes that N’Golo Kante has been the best player in the Premier League this year for his performances for Leicester and Chelsea.

The France international midfielder was a key cog in Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester side as they won the Premier League title last season.

Kante earned plenty of praise for his strong displays for the Foxes last term as they beat Arsenal and Tottenham to the Premier League title.

The midfielder has since secured a summer transfer to Chelsea and has been a regular fixture in the heart of midfield for Antonio Conte’s men.

Kante has been one of the first names on the team sheet for the Blues this season and has helped Chelsea win their last 11 games on the spin in the top flight.

And Carragher has explained why he thinks that Kante has been the player of the year in the Premier League.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Carragher said: “He doesn’t score many goals or provide many assists — he scored just one in 2016 and only created another two — but there hasn’t been a more influential player in the league.

“I highlighted him 12 months ago for being that season’s outstanding signing, following his £5.6m move from Caen to Leicester. He’s subsequently joined Chelsea for £29.2m and even that looks outstanding value, given how crucial the France international has become for Antonio Conte’s side.

‘Kante was the driving force behind Leicester’s pursuit of history and now he might have a chance to add a second Premier League medal.

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“The drop Leicester suffered and the upturn Chelsea have enjoyed hasn’t all been because of this marathon man — but his importance cannot be overstated.”

Kante will miss Chelsea’s clash with Bournemouth on Boxing Day due to suspension.

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