Why N’Golo Kanté should move on from Chelsea

After playing an essential role in Leicester City’s road to the title in 2016, N’Golo Kanté was regarded as the hottest defensive midfielder on the planet. Despite being 5000/1 at the beginning of the season, the Foxes defied all odds, becoming only the sixth ever team to lift the Premier League trophy.

Kanté was brought to East Midlands for a fee just over five million pounds at the beginning of their extraordinary season. After becoming a Premier League winner, there was no doubt that the Frenchman’s stock was going to rise as many of Europe’s elite came calling.

Despite interest from all over, another English club secured the signature of Kanté in the form of Chelsea… for a reported fee of £32,000,000.

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Despite winning three trophies and the 2016-17 PFA Player of the Year in his time at Stamford Bridge so far, let’s look at some of the reasons WHY Kanté should move away from West London…

Out of his comfort zone? 

Upon Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in 2018, it was no secret of the philosophy which he intended to implement, which was further cemented by bringing Jorginho with him from Napoli.

Through this transfer, Kanté’s role as a lone defensive midfielder was sacrificed as he had to play further up the pitch to accommodate Jorginho. Despite Kanté being a wonderful footballer, his lack of attacking prowess left a lot to be desired for Chelsea fans… with many of them slating their manager for his negative approach.

It would be understandable for a youngster or squad player to be asked to play out of position to accommodate other seasoned pros, but to ask one of the best players in world football to make way is a brave call to say the least!

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Was this the beginning of the demise for Sarri’s relationship with Chelsea fans?

The Chelsea project

After the recent news that Sarri will join Juventus as of the 2019/20 season, it is looking ever so likely that former club captain, Frank Lampard will join Chelsea to try and rejuvenate the fans love for the manager… something they’ve had in recent years.

As a 28-year-old, Kanté is in his prime as a professional footballer. In these years, it is important for players to kick on and win the major trophies as they know this is their peak condition as a player and an athlete.

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With Chelsea currently in a transition period after losing Eden Hazard and Sarri, it is not expected for Chelsea to be challenging for the Premier League or Champions League anytime soon.

Another thing to note is that the Blues are currently transfer banned, meaning the next manager will have to adapt their style to the current crop of players, regardless of their wish to play a certain way.

Better alternatives 

If you wanted to look for another club with structure and sustainability at the top level, you would look no further than the Premier League! Having two English teams in the Champions League final in Liverpool and Spurs, and arguably the best team on the planet in Manchester City, there are some serious teams that Kanté could put pen to paper for!

Whichever destination Kanté ends up playing his football in, it goes without saying that he will feature heavily in their set up.

With Fernandinho coming to the end of his reign playing in front of the City defence, there will be no doubt that Pep Guardiola would jump at the chance of replacing his man with a World Cup winner!

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Despite Kanté not arguably having the required ‘technical’ ability to play in a Guardiola set up, the ability of the likes of Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne will more than make up for Kanté’s lack of creativity.

As Manchester City are chasing their maiden Champions League, the addition of a player like N’Golo Kanté could catapult the champions to European success!

Do you agree… Should Kanté move elsewhere?

If so where and WHY?

 

Matt Butterworth

(@MBSportViews)

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