We’ve been asking the fans who they think have been the best signings of the summer. This is your list and this, is your number 1.
Chelsea’s transfer business has not gone too smoothly this summer, with the late addition of David Luiz coming under specific criticism. But people frequently forget one early signing they made, and it looks like an extremely good one.
Chelsea have been criticised for their transfer activity this summer by many, but it is easy to forget that early in the summer they beat top clubs to the signing of one of last seasons best Premier League players, N’Golo Kante.
The French midfielder was barely rated by anybody this time 12 months ago but as Leicester City shocked the footballing world, Kante was at the heart of it all. Those to watched the Premier League last season will not need to be told about how effective he can be in the midfield. His tireless work rate is his main attribute and that leads to him making endless amounts of interceptions, covering loads of ground, and therefore nullifying the oppositions attacking threat. Because his strengths predominantly rely on his workrate it was silly that many thought he simply be a one season wonder. As long as he maintains peak physical fitness, Kante can continue to thrive in the Premier League and for Chelsea.
Many have questioned whether Kante has technical limitations, but during the European Championships and his early stages with Chelsea, he has displayed a good range of technical ability, and although he is not the most influential in possession and attacking areas he is much more effective than many give him credit for. He is neat and tidy in possession and allows his teams more creative players to do the work in the final third.
The amount of money that Chelsea paid for him is very good value considering he is one of the first names on the team sheet for Conte, and baring in mind the current climate in the market. It is now extremely rare to find a fairly young player who will be a regular in your team for less than £30 million. In signing Kante Chelsea have done just that, and the fans and Conte, mixed summer in terms of transfers, can be very happy with the capture of Kante whom other big clubs including the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain had also been trying to sign.
Since the days of Claude Makelele and peak Michael Essien, Chelsea have been missing a reliable defensive shield – but in Kante they may have finally found someone to build their midfield around. Many questioned how Kante would manage in the Champions League against the very best players, but considering how effectively he dealt with them at the Euros, Chelsea fans can be confident he will not look out of place at all amongst Europe’s elite when, as expected, the London club return to the competition next season.
The Fresh Football writers verdict: We agree with the fans, it is reported that Kante cost Chelsea in the region of £30million – for a midfielder that was arguably one of the best players in the Premier League last season, that is incredible value, especially when you consider he has only just blossomed and is aged just 25.