N’Golo Kanté was one of the undoubted stars of Leicester’s fairy-tale Barclays Premier League win in the 2015/16 season, and put in yet another impressive performance in the opening game of Euro 2016 against Romania.
The French midfielder has only been at Leicester City for one season, but has made an instant impact, seemingly managing to cover every single blade of grass in the midfield, thus making him invaluable to his team mates and a complete nuisance to his opponents.
Not only this, but hand in hand with Kanté’s seemingly limitless energy comes an innate foresight of where passes are going, and what the intentions of forward runners are, making him a fabulous exponent at breaking up play.
Kanté’s stocks have risen to such an extent that both Chelsea and Arsenal are swooping around, looking to prise him away from the clutches of the Premier League champions.
Both are suitable destinations for Leicester’s number 14, but where would he be better suited?
Well, Nemanja Matic is very important in answering that question.
If the Serbian remains at Chelsea then it is difficult to see where Kanté would fit in, although he may well be the one to displace Matic. Should the towering midfield enforcer to go to United and reunite with Jose Mourinho, then Chelsea will be pursuing Kanté with all of their vast resources behind them.
In truth, N’Golo could do a job for both teams as he is a sublime midfield player with a great eye for picking out his team-mates, along with an exceptional ability to read the game and make vital and decisive interceptions.
At Chelsea, even if Matic did stay, he is probably deserving of a starting spot, and would likely play in a midfield three with Cesc Fabregas and either Oscar, possibly Matic, and potentially even Loftus-Cheek. Kanté would do a fantastic job for the Blues and would quickly fit into the team as he has Premier League experience.
However, he may potentially make an even bigger impact on Arsenal, given the lack of defensive midfield quality in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
Mikel Arteta has left, Francis Coquelin has struggled after injury and in all honesty, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are more potent further up the park.
Arsenal have a whole host of creative midfield riches in Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and the new arrival in Granit Xhaka, but they don’t really have somebody who is there to do the ‘dirty work’ like they used to have in Patrick Viera. Kanté could be that man.
However, the real question is where would he be better suited, rather than which team needs him more.
In all honesty, he would be perfectly suited to both Chelsea and Arsenal given his ability to produce in big games and his experience of the English top flight.
However, given the increased French connections at Arsenal with Coqeulin, Koscielny and Arsene Wenger, he may feel slightly more at home at Arsenal, and would probably be a more important signing for them too, providing Chelsea hold onto Matic.
Where do you think N’Golo Kanté should favour as his destination, or are neither Chelsea nor Arsenal in a position to prise him away from Leicester City? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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