Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher seems less impressed with the role that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has asked N’Golo Kante to play this season.
Kante remains a fundamental figure in the west London club’s line-up, having registered 17 appearances so far this season which means he has sat out just matches across all competitions.
However, the signing and introduction of Jorginho from Napoli last summer, to play in the heart of the midfielder, it has pushed the World Cup winner in a less familiar role which asks him to offer more in an attacking sense.
With Chelsea, it appears Sarri is working on replicating what he built at Napoli with Jorginho and the energetic with combative presence of Allan alongside him with Mateo Kovacic playing the Marek Hamsik role.
While it worked well for Sarri at Napoli, albeit no trophies to show for it, this tactics doesn’t seem it’s going to work with Chelsea this season.
He said on Monday Night Football, as noted by The Sun:
“Kante is a very average player in the position he is playing now – I just see a normal midfield player.
“When he plays in his natural position I see a world class player.”
David Ginola was the guest pundit, and the Frenchman agreed and added:
“He is going to get the ball back, position everyone, and be the first to pass the ball to the forwards.
“So for me Chelsea are wrong to play Kante in that position, they are wrong.”
Time will tell if Sarri is forced into a re-think and perhaps tinkers slightly to adjust Kante’s role, especially after their first loss of the season against Tottenham this past weekend.
The Jorginho-Kante partnership could be pivotal to their success, and so there is an argument to suggest that changing the latter’s role and positioning slightly could lead to more effective results moving forward.