Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante has been superb this season.
The holding midfielder joined the Foxes from French side Caen in the summer, arriving at the King Power stadium as an unknown figure to most Premier League observers.
During Leicester’s phenomenal success thus far, attacking duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have earned widespread praise for the sheer number of goals and assists contributed.
Savage, however, feels the real catalyst behind his former side’s stunning season is N’Golo Kante – telling the Mirror how the midfielder’s ferocious work-rate is what makes his side really tick.
“As much as team-mates Mahrez and Vardy have caught the eye, Kante’s ferocious work-rate in midfield is what makes Leicester tick. A £5.6million buy from French side Caen, he’s been a great discovery,” Savage explained.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, Kante’s superb contributions can be illustrated by impressive figures posted over a range of key midfield categories.
The 24-year-old is a key cog just in-front of the back four, averaging 2.84 tackles, 4.05 interceptions, 5.89 defensive duels won and a whopping 7.95 ball recoveries per Premier League fixture.
Leicester’s system is built on quick, sharp, counter attacking football and their success comes from their ability to outwork their opponents, win the ball in midfield and use the space in-front of them.
While having two pacey players in attack is vital to their way of playing, Kante’s ability to break up play is just as important and so far there haven’t been many better in the league at what he does.