Rio Ferdinand labels Leicester's N'Golo Kante the world’s best tackler

Leicester City

Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante has been a revelation this season.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has written on Twitter that he believes Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante is currently the best player in the world in terms of tacking and recovering the ball.

The midfielder arrived at the King Power stadium in the summer as an unknown quantity to most Premier League observers, joining the club from French side Caen for a moderate transfer fee.

He quickly formed a partnership with Danny Drinkwater in the middle of Leicester’s midfield, and his tenacity and energetic displays soon caught everyone's attention as the Foxes continued to impress.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have earned the majority of the plaudits for the club’s meteoric rise to the top of the Premier League table, but Kante has arguably been the club’s standout performer.

Writing on Twitter during the Foxes’ last-gasp defeat to title rivals Arsenal, Ferdinand said there is currently not a better player in the world in terms of tacking and recovering the ball than Kante.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
N'Golo Kanté 3.04 4.23 8.65 26

As illustrated in the table provided by Opta, the 24-year-old’s ability off the ball can be shown by his incredible average number of tackles, interceptions and ball recoveries per league encounter.

Kante very much embodies everything that is good about Leicester, providing huge intensity off the ball to make a number of turnovers before springing quick attacks on the counter.

He is a key cog of this Leicester team, and without him Claudio Ranieri’s side would not be anywhere near as effective.

Whether he is the best in the said categories remains to be seen, but what is becoming increasingly likely is that Kante will get the opportunity to pit his wits against the best next season in the Champions League.

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