Pat Nevin makes Chelsea FC admission about N’Golo Kante

The former Chelsea FC player believes that Maurizio Sarri is not getting the best out of the Frenchman

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC star N'Golo Kante Photo: Premier League

Pat Nevin has suggested that Maurizio Sarri’s system does not play to the strengths of N’Golo Kante.

The France star has found himself displaced by Jorginho who Sarri brought with him from Napoli, and so Kante is playing slightly out of position to accommodate.

Former Blues winger Nevin insists that this is not good for Kante and that he is having to adapt to Sarri’s system.

Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk: “They are not getting the best out of Kante.

“He is having to adjust to a new style.”

Kante enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame when he was signed by Leicester in 2015 and was perhaps the pivotal player in their surprise Premier League title win in 2015/16.

His endeavours earned him a move to Chelsea FC for £32m where he again won the Premier League in his first season at the club.

Under Antonio Conte, he occupied the space in front of the back four, and France coach Didier Deschamps brought him in to the French national team to play the same role.

It had the predicted effect: France won the World Cup this summer in Russia, with Kante arguable the champion of them all, immortalised in song.

However, for the first time since his rise, he is being asked to accommodate someone else.

Nevin believes that this is affecting his ability to break up games as he is positioned further forward with more attacking responsibility.

Whether the Frenchman can adapt to his new role remains to be seen, but as the unglamorous, selfless player he has shown himself to be, fans are hopeful he can embrace the new role.

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