New stats show Leicester star is the best in Europe

Leicester City

One of Leicester City's star players will be right at home in the Champions League next season if new stats are anything to go by.

The Foxes beat Sunderland 2-0 last time out and are close to pulling off a footballing miracle after going seven points clear at the top of the table with just five games to play.

They could even go 10 points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur should they beat a crest fallen West Ham United side who saw their dreams of a trip to Wembley dashed by a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United in midweek.

Claudio Ranieri's men have been the fairytale story of a lifetime with their rise from relegation certs to title pace setters this season.

And fans all over the country have been willing them on to break the monotony of the established Premier League elite.

With the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Kante and Jamie Vardy in scintillating form all season long the Foxes have won more games than any other side and lost fewer too.

Europe's best at a Kante-r

They will take their place at Europe's top table next season in the Champions League but while sceptics believe they will be found wanting, new stats suggest otherwise.

That's because the Foxes' key man in the engine room Kante has emerged as the best defensive midfielder in Europe according to research by website Oulala.com.

The stats show Kante is leading both the Premier League and Europe in two key areas interceptions and tackles won.

His performances with Leicester have also put him on the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award and with stats like these it is easy to see why.

Stats amazing

In Europe's top five leagues Kante has made more interceptions (134) than any other player. Missing just one game all season, the France star has been a near constant figure in Leicester's title bid and has averaged a highly impressive 4.2 interceptions per game.

In terms of tackles won, once again Kante is Europe's pick of the bunch. The 25-year-old from Paris has made 105 tackles this season or an average of 3.3 per game.

No other Leicester player even comes close to Kante with second placed Christian Fuchs having won a respectable 65 tackles.

With stats like that it is no wonder some of Europe's leading clubs are sniffing around him and Ranieri faces a fight to hold onto his key man this summer.

Infographic Top In Europe

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