Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Paul Merson sends warning to N'Golo Kante at Chelsea

Paul Merson sends warning to N'Golo Kante at Chelsea

However, Kante believes that Chelsea have found a more than adequate replacement in the shape of Bakayoko.

Speaking after Kante scored the winning goal in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, Conte said the France global had become a "top player" and was justifying the decisions of both the Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Association to name him the best player in the Premier League in 2016-17.

"We spent a good season together".

The midfielder took home PFA Players' Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season and Football Writers' Player of the Year honours last season for his displays in the heart of Chelsea's midfield as they marched to the title.

Kante reinvigorated a team that has slumped to a 10th place finished as reigning champions the year before, and became only the second player in Premier League history to win successive titles with two different clubs after 2015/16 glory with Leicester. He left now, he plays for United but Bakayoko has come and I think he's a good player, and that we can do very well with him.

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'N'Golo is very important for us - a top player, ' Conte said.

"We try to make them feel good quickly and to understand how we play, how we train". I think last season, it was special.

"We forget that we need to keep improving", he said. "Before, a lot of people told me, 'Yes, without the ball he has good stamina and is a good worker, ' but now with the ball he has improved a lot". It might be worth backing Chelsea, who are the third favourites for the title and very good value at the odds being offered on them. But now he has really sharpened his game at the other end of the pitch and can be a devastating offensive weapon as well as a defensive one.

We all knew that Kante has boundless energy, can carry the ball like a dynamo, presses like a Tasmanian devil and is a superb tackler.

"This is what we need to do, and I don't feel like the player of the year". It's going to be a good fight, and we need to be ready. Now it's the beginning, we can not expect to do the same.

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