Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante insists that he is finally growing into his new role in midfield
N’golo Kante earned a reputation as the world’s best defensive midfielder after playing a key role in Chelsea and Leicester’s Premier League title triumphs, as well as France’s World Cup victory. But the 27-year-old has had to adapt to a change of position this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea new boss Maurizio Sarri brought Jorginho with him from Napoli to play the pivotal midfield role in front of the defence that used to be Kante’s domain
Sarri believes Jorginho’s superior passing makes him more suited to launching Chelsea’s attacks than Kante, who is now operating in a slightly more advanced role on the right side of midfield.
Kante has sometimes looked out of sorts in his different position this season, but he showed signs of getting to grips with it on Sunday, scoring the winner at Crystal Palace with a well-timed run and cool finish.
“This role is something I am enjoying and in a game I try to make that run sometimes,” he said.
“David (Luiz) gave me a good ball and I am happy to score with my left foot and give something to the team.”