Joey Barton hails Chelsea signing: He is so smart

Joey Barton says N'Golo Kante has been key to Chelsea's good form in the Premier League of late

Joey Barton has heaped praise on N’Golo Kante for the impact he has had since joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The France international midfielder earned plenty of new admirers for his impressive performances last season as he helped Leicester win the Premier League title.

Kante has slotted seamlessly into the Chelsea team and has started all 14 of the Blues’ Premier League games so far this season.

The midfielder’s fine form has been one of the driving forces behind Chelsea’s eight-game winning streak in the Premier League, with the Blues currently leading the way at the top of the table.

And midfielder Barton says Kante’s form is one of the key reasons why Chelsea have been in such good form in recent weeks.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Barton said: “You can’t [press] without Kante.

“If you’re playing in midfield with Kante, he’s constantly in motion.

“You see other players constantly moving and they’re not always doing it wisely. He’s so smart.

“He forced his way into the French national side. His impact on Leicester last year, his impact on the Premier League was incredible.”

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Kante will be expecting to feature for Chelsea when the Blues return to winning ways in the Premier League with a home clash against West Brom on Sunday.

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