Maurizio Sarri hasn’t come to Chelsea with the just the implementation of the Sarriball philosophy in mind.
This is obvious in how the team has lined up since the commencement of the season with respect to formation changes, style of play, and significant changes in the roles of players.
One instance of a significant change in the role of players is that of N’golo Kante.
The French man is obviously not one who craves for the limelight but his triumph with France in the World Cup whilst playing his natural position in midfield has put him there.
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The Frenchman’s new role in the Chelsea team is one that will transform him into a better all-round player in terms of efficiency in every midfield position on the pitch.
Kante has established himself as one of the most tenacious, intelligent, and technically gifted players in the Premier League. He’s adept at winning the ball and distributing it.
This has been his role at Chelsea all this while. However, a shift in responsibilities is apparent as we’ve seen Kante operate more in the final third of the opposition box this season.
The midfielder has now been saddled with the additional responsibility of scoring goals and providing assists under Sarri. The player who has been described as a destroyer is now being asked to be a creator and a finisher.
Kante scored in his first game operating in the new role in the Premier League against Huddersfield Town although it was a scuffed strike. This was a far cry from his brilliant solo goal against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in 2017.
Kante has made four attempts on goal in two games this season. His last season’s average was 0.8 shots per game, the season preceding that was 0.7.
This is a new challenge for Kante as his efforts in tackling and recovering balls will now be less, with priority now being on receiving balls and attempting to create chances or score.
The player also expressed optimism in his new role as he revealed that he was working very hard in training to ensure that he meets the demands of the new role.
Hopefully, he adapts brilliantly and also becomes one of the threats that Chelsea’s opponents this season will find difficult to fathom.