Ian Wright: Why I’m so happy for this Chelsea star, he’s inspiring
The Arsenal legend was thrilled to see Chelsea defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante win the PFA player of the year award
Ian Wright has expressed his delight that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was recognised by his peers for an outstanding season.
The France international moved to Chelsea in a £34m deal from Premier League winners Leicester City in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Kante usurped Cesc Fabregas in the Chelsea starting XI and brought much-needed legs to the Blues team following a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.
The 26-year-old defensive midfielder scored his only goal in a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge back in October.
However, Kante’s performances were enough to convince his peers to vote the midfielder the PFA player of the year, despite the Frenchman being a defensive-minded player.
On Friday night, Kante won his second Premier League title with his new club thanks to a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Speaking to The Sun Goals podcast about Kante’s performances, Wright said:
“I’m impressed that players like Kante are getting honours. I’d like to see more defensive players get then. It’s always the forward players.
“These players are the ones who do the work that gets overlooked by a Messi or Ronaldo. Kante’s job will inspire kids do the same. He’s just as important as Hazard taking on six men and stealing the headlines.”
Kante will be hoping to get his hands on the FA Cup trophy for the first time when Chelsea face Arsenal at Wembley later in May.