New Chelsea signing N’Golo Kanté is the perfect man to bring dynamism, mobility and stamina to the Blues’ midfield under newly appointed coach Antonio Conte.
Physically speaking, the Frenchman is not a giant (169cm per 68kg) but he’s got football intelligence, athletic build and a great sense of position, therefore he is able to cover the centre of the midfield easily and brilliantly.
His age – Kanté is 25-year-old – could play a key role during his experience at Chelsea as the midfielder is both reaching maturity and gaining experience after winning the Premier League title with Leicester. Another great season might lead both the team and him to success.
His attitude towards work is commendable, Kanté’s main qualities are precision and stamina, here are some stats to prove it:
- he tries around 42 passes per game with positive results, in fact the 90% of the attempts end successfully as shown below;
- he succeeds in completing about 8-9 interceptions per game, a great percentage in view of the fact that he is not as tall as his teammate Nemanja Matic, who has a lesser interceptions’ number in spite of his height.
It is understood Chelsea fans are looking forward to watching N’Golo Kanté on the pitch and several football experts have compared him to Claude Makelele, who played with the Blues from 2003 to 2008.
There are similarities between the 25-year-old and the former Chelsea star, for instance their dynamism and agility mixed up with stamina, which are key abilities for a defensive midfielder.