Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been able to build his reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in world football. He was a relatively unknown quantity at Leicester City before his massive contribution to the miracle of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Kante was a major act alongside Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez as Leicester City overcame title-winning odds of 5000/1 to pull off a league title win. The Frenchman formed a potent midfield partnership with Danny Drinkwater who’s also a Chelsea player though he is presently at fellow Premier League side Aston Villa whom he joined on loan in January.
Apart from his quality, N’Golo Kante has also been very consistent until this season. He has rarely been injured, whether it was at Leicester City or at Chelsea who signed him shortly after his Leicester City heroics in 2016. The 2019/20 season has been a disappointing one for Kante in comparison to the four seasons before it.
Kante won the title in his first season at Leicester City during the 2015/16 season before repeating the feat during the feat upon his Chelsea transfer. He went on to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia with the French national team as well as the 2019 Europa League title.
His injury problems have impacted on his once admired consistency in recent months dating back to the Watford game on May 5, 2019. The genesis of his many injuries started with a hamstring problem during that game before a subsequently picked up knee issue almost derailed his appearance in the Europa League final match with Arsenal last year.
The 2019/20 season was been injury filled for Kante and Chelsea until the Coronavirus pandemic halted football in March. The player is now expected to miss the rest of the season as from next month when Premier League football will finally resume as a result of Coronavirus and this decision has been backed by both the club and his teammates.
Kante has not tested positive for the virus but the Frenchman had respiratory issues during the lockdown and he’s almost scared to play football again professionally with the threat of Coronavirus still lurking around. He has a history with respiratory and heart-related issues especially after he fainted in front of his Blues teammates some years ago before he was cleared of any heart problem.
He is a major player for Chelsea who are in the hunt for top four and Champions League football for next season but his teammates have decided that the best thing is to prioritise him and his health over football as pointed out by Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero earlier this week.
Who Chelsea fans should hold responsible for defeat
Chelsea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and that has got everyone talking.
The chance of getting into the top four positions is now slim because they could be reduced to the fifth position if Leicester City and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.
In his analysis, former Arsenal player Ian Wright noted that Blues’ defender Andreas Christensen was bullied by Sheffield United attackers and could not hold on.
More so, he claims that manager Frank Lampard should be held responsible for the defeat because he was naive, especially for trying to play in a shape like Man United.
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According to the Gunners legend, Chelsea players were unable to have their stance on the pitch as their midfielders and defenders were overpowered.
While admitting that Frank Lampard will be disappointed, Wright stated that they lacked intensity and pace to keep down the pressure from their opponents.
It is now obvious that fans will have to wait until the end of the season to know who joins Liverpool and Man City for the Champions League ticket.
The contest is between Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City with the Red Devils looking real for the challenge.
Arsenal given Lacazette transfer backing
Again, the name of France international Alexandre Lacazette has been mentioned as a player Arsenal can part ways with in order to sanction other deals.
Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will not have enough funds to engage in the summer transfer window despite the high need for more additions.
Ray Palour is the latest to claim that the former Lyon striker should be sacrificed and shown the exit door for the club to fund other transfers.
The Arsenal legend is more particular about the club bringing in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Emirates Stadium to pitch tent with Italian Serie A giants, Juventus.
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According to him, Mikel Arteta must secure the service of a goal scoring midfielder to make his team more threatening and stand the chances of winning more games.
Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal that ability and quality before his exit from the club. He scored a number of goals that gave the team some points.
The burden has been on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deliver goals since Ramsey left and that ought not to be, according to Ray Palour when he spoke to Talk Sports.
Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has not been having it all good with the Serie A giants. He has not delivered same quality he is known for and already being reported to return back to England with Chelsea showing interest.
Chelsea fans won’t like this as Kante’s Stamford Bridge career might be over
Emerging reports claim that France international N’Golo Kante is a surprise name on the list of expected exits as he might be sold by the West London outfit Chelsea in this summer transfer window.
The reports claim that the World Cup winner could be sold to accommodate Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the summer transfer window.
The asking price for Kai Havertz is around the region of £90 million and that looks too high for the Blues and they are imploring all options to make a deal happen, the reason why they could cash in on the former Leicester City midfielder to sanction a deal.
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N’Golo Kante has not been a regular under the manager Frank Lampard reigns and his current fate at the club started with the reigns of former manager Maurizio Sarri who brought in Jorginho from Napoli to take up the midfield role.
Chelsea have already spend heavily to bring in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of the coming season with expectations that Kai Havertz will help to balance the team.
This, therefore, means that N’Golo Kante could be shown the way out with Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid reported to be interested in his signature.
Lampard to spoil Juventus party ahead of summer window
If the claim credited to Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard is anything to go by, Italian international Jorginho will not be leaving the Stamford Bridge this summer transfer window despite speculations.
Jorginho has not been a part of the Frank Lampard team since the restart of the league as the Chelsea legend has his attention on a younger squad that has been working for him. He was only handed 10 minutes of play from the bench against Crystal Palace, making speculations of Juventus’ interest in the midfielder to come alive with manager Maurizio Sarri reported to be keen on a reunion with his former player.
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However, Lampard has not viewed the situation in the same light after claiming that Jorginho is an important player in the West London outfit, hinting that he would be staying ahead of the summer window.
Giving reasons why he has not been playing Jorginho, Lampard claims to be having selection issues, citing N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Gilmour as other options available for selection. He added that Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are other options in the advanced role at the midfield which makes playing time for Jorginho difficult.
Juventus will be left disappointed if Jorginho fails to make a move as he is already in next season’s plan for manager Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea, United to battle for Pellistri
Two English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Man United are set for a battle off the pitch over the signature of Panarol teenage star Facundo Pellistri ahead of the summer transfer window.
Both clubs are keen on the star player and have set a target of the summer transfer window to snap him up.
Facundo Pellistri has impressed with his Uruguayan club and could be set for Europe with interests growing over his signature.
Italian Serie A champions Juventus are also reported to have been monitoring Facundo Pellistri and will make a bid for him in the summer window.
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His Uruguayan club are willing to let him go for a £10 million fee which all suitors are willing to pay but Chelsea is tipped to be favourites, reason why manager Frank Lampard is making efforts to act fast.
Both Man United and Chelsea will be busy in this summer transfer window as they look to compete for titles in the coming season.
The Blues team has already confirmed two signings, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively but are looking to add more while Man United is focused on finishing the season before engaging in the summer transfer market.
Why Chelsea’s new signings could make no meaning next season
No surprise, Chelsea fans are already in a light mood ahead of next season after seeing their team complete two major signings.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have both been confirmed to fly the Blues colours ahead of the coming season and the club is already preparing to confirm a deal for Kai Havertz which is no doubt a major boost for the Frank Lampard team.
There are, therefore, suggestions that all the good signings for the attacking roles might just end up in a mess if there is no major reinforcement of the defensive roles.
The Blues need depth in the defence if they must succeed in their bid to win titles in the coming season.
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Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and West Ham United star Declan Rice have both been linked as options for buys by Chelsea but a deal is yet to happen.
Commentators claim that Chelsea must get the West Ham United player even if they are unsuccessful in their bid for the Leicester City man.
Declan Rice has been heavily linked and no doubt he seeks a move to Chelsea. He has been tipped to be the new John Terry at the Stamford Bridge.
West Ham are asking for a £80 million fee which is argued to be too high but Declan Rice’ signature has been tipped to make the attacking recruits more effective.
Chelsea at crossroad with Giroud
English Premier League outfit are feared to part ways with France international striker Olivier Giroud in the summer transfer window.
The 33-year-old has been receiving interest from a number of clubs and the latest from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan seems irresistible for a new challenge.
The decision to let go of Olivier Giroud or keep him has been a difficult one to make for Chelsea because of a number of factors surrounding the team.
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While Chelsea can boast of new additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to boost their attack, analysis hints that the experience of the former Arsenal striker is still needed at the club, knowing his contribution at the moment. He could also be an option for the team.
Inter Milan also seek to land Emerson Palmieri in the coming summer transfer window with the player reportedly ready to hand his club a transfer request because he can no longer boast of a starting role under manager Frank Lampard.
Tottenham and West Ham United are also keen on the signature of Emerson Palmieri and will compete with Inter Milan but Italian Serie A outfit is his preferred destination because of his wish to work with Antonio Conte.
Former Arsenal player on his way back to EPL?
Emerging reports reveal the possibility of former Arsenal player and Juventus ace Aaron Ramsey returning to the English Premier League in the coming summer transfer window.
Life has not been the same for the Wales international since he left Arsenal on a free deal to join the Italian Serie A giants after his contract expired. His journey with the club has not been smooth. He has not been a regular as expected.
It is, therefore, claimed that Juventus are keen on the signature of Chelsea star Jorginho and are ready to release Aaron Ramsey as bait to have the Italian international.
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Jorginho seems also not needed at the Stamford Bridge which makes a deal likely as Chelsea will not mind the idea of having Aaron Ramsey at the club.
Aaron Ramsey has a good knowledge of the English Premier League and was highly rated and wanted by the Blues team before his exit from England.
Jorginho is also needed at Juventus with manager Maurizio Sarri hoping on a reunion with the Italian midfielder.
However, the Italian Serie A outfit are also ready to add Adrien Rabiot in the deal that will have Jorginho join the club ahead of the new season.