Garth Crooks: This player is the silent force behind Chelsea success

Garth Crooks singles out N'Golo Kante for special praise after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Burnley

Garth Crooks has singled out N’Golo Kante for special praise for the role he played in helping Chelsea secure a point from their 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

The French midfielder has earned plenty of praise for his performances for the Blues so far this season since he swapped Leicester City for Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Kante earned plenty of praise last season as he helped to inspire Leicester to the Premier League title with his sublime performances in midfield.

And the France international has continued his fine form for the Blues this season since his switch to Stamford Bridge.

Crooks singled out Kante for special praise after proving himself as a key player for Chelsea during their clash with Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “It was N’Golo Kante – also known as ‘the silent force’ – who gave Eden Hazard the first clear chance of the game against Burnley and also the man who started the counter attack that resulted in Pedro’s opener for Chelsea.

“Basically, Kante continues to provide the Blues with the steel required to repel any threat to their title challenge.

“For periods in the second half Burnley became that challenge – and it took all of Kante’s ingenious play to keep the Clarets at bay.

“As a consequence, Chelsea gained a point they might have otherwise lost and in doing so retained the momentum and increased their lead at the top of the table.”

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