Chelsea have finally sealed the transfer of N’Golo Kante from Leicester for £32m, the club anno...
Chelsea have finally sealed the transfer of N’Golo Kante from Leicester for £32m, the club announced.
The Blues lacked that kind of energy and quality in midfield last season, as they finished in 10th place – an incredible 31 points behind Kante’s title-winning Leicester City side.
N'Golo Kante won more tackles & interceptions last season (281) than Cesc Fabregas & Nemanja Matic combined (229). pic.twitter.com/uVXaOJ2KTO— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 16, 2016
It remains to be seen how the Italian will set his side up tactically, but in his opening press conference he suggested he will look at the strengths of the players he has before coming to a final decision.
We’ve had a look and he’s sure to have plenty of options, with Kante making Chelsea look incredibly strong regardless of formation or shape next season:
This first line up sees the least change from the season just gone, with Kante simply replacing Matic alongside Fabregas in midfield, while fellow new-boy Michy Batshuayi also comes in for Diego Costa as the lone man up front.
Kante replacing Matic allows Oscar to keep his place in the number ten role, though it has been suggested that the Brazilian could be an early casualty under the new manager.
A similar take on the XI above, but this time with Fabregas moving further forward into a role that may be more preferable for both him and Chelsea at this stage of his career.
However, this line up may again be unrealistic if rumours are to be believed that Kante would most likely be brought in to replace Matic, who could reportedly be allowed to join Juventus upon the arrival of the Foxes man.
Perhaps the strongest XI we’ve been able to put together, Kante could play alongside both Matic and Fabregas in a 4-3-3.
Willian and Eden Hazard could also play closer to Batshuayi in this kind of setup, which seems the best way to get all three of the front-men firing.
Conte has not ruled out using three at the back, and Chelsea don’t look too bad with this slightly altered side here.
Both are attack-minded, fast, and have good stamina. Kante would then have a lot of defensive responsibility, but he’s shown he can be worth almost two players with his incredible box-to-box displays for Leicester last season.
Finally, Chelsea could also try three at the back, but in a 3-5-2 formation, which is the only line up so far that allows Conte to use both Diego Costa and Batshuayi up front.
It’s worth saying again that Kante’s immense stamina might allow Chelsea’s other midfielders to be more liberal with their attacking, and he’d also have the help of Matic alongside him in this setup.
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