N’Golo Kanté Will Win Player of the Year Award, Says Shearer
Alan Shearer has tipped Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté to scoop the PFA Player of the Year Awards this season after helping the Blues to the top of the Premier League.
The France international has proved an inspirational signing since joining from Leicester City in the summer with Antonio Conte’s side currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Kanté has been a talismanic figure for Chelsea; breaking up opposition play, starting attacks, winning tackles and with an ability to seemingly be everywhere on the pitch.
After watching Kanté’s performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Monday night, Shearer lavished praise on the midfielder – particularly for his part in the opening goal.
The former-England captain wrote on Twitter:
“If you needed any reminding of what Kanté does for a team, look at the goal Hazard just scored!”
When asked if N’Golo Kanté will scoop the PFA Player of the Year award this season, Shearer replied:
“Players player and Football Writers would be my guess!”
Kanté stole possession from West Ham close to his own penalty area before feeding Eden Hazard for a stunningly quick counter-attack opener in yet another superb performance.
Hazard joked after the match that playing with Kanté was like “playing with twins” such is his ability to cover so much of the pitch with his pace and vision.
Certainly Kanté has been the driving force behind Chelsea’s title charge while Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have supplied the goals and the flair to put themselves among the contenders for the Player of the Year award.
Other players in with a shout include Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimović for his goalscoring exploits in his first season in English football and Alexis Sánchez who has once again inspired Arsenal.
While it is usually attacking players who win the individual awards, there are very few people would argue that N’Golo Kanté fully deserves the accolade this season.
The £30m summer signing has barely put a foot wrong all campaign and his quiet, unassuming nature is somewhat refreshing in the current climate of superstar footballers.
There is little doubt he has had a huge impact on the Chelsea side since arriving this summer and it is difficult to remember him having a single poor game.
Kante won the league last season and looks destined to win it again this year, and his inspirational displays mean he deserves every award that is coming to him.