There has been a debate bubbling up on social media over the last couple of days regarding whether Chelsea should keep or sell midfielder N’Golo Kante.
The general view is that this might well be the final opportunity for The Blues to get a big chunk of cash for the France international, due to the fact he is 29-years old and appears to be struggling with injuries even more than his younger years.
There is also the belief that Kante does not suit Frank Lampard’s preferred 4-3-3 formation using a deep lying play maker, and this I am inclined to agree with.
For me, Kante is a box-to-box midfielder and must play that way to utilise his biggest asset – his energy. I don’t want to see him restricted to a holding midfielder role, you are losing his best attributes then. In Lampard’s system also, Kante can not play as a deep lying midfielder due to how Chelsea play out from the back in tight spaces. A Jorginho, Billy Gilmour, or Mateo Kovacic is much more suited to that role.
He is great in a midfield two playing in a double-pivot, this way he can roam up and down the pitch, but is not stuck in that awkward right sided attacking position that he often finds himself in playing in a 4-3-3.
Attacking wise he can be decent, but he certainly doesn’t bring the maximum assets to that role either as say a player like Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Mason Mount would bring.
So in a sense, I totally understand the question, is it time to sell Kante? And I can really see both sides of the argument, I am sort of split 50/50.
It seems I am not alone, judging by the results of a poll I asked on the very subject yesterday.
It is safe to say that the fan base are also very split on this subject…
Keep or sell?
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 13, 2020