Payet joined West Ham from Marseille last summer and has enjoyed a wonderful debut season in the Premier League, scoring nine goals and grabbing a further ten assists in 28 league matches.
The 29-year-old has become the first West Ham player since Paolo Di Canio to record ten assists or more in a single league campaign, while the club’s current points tally is their best since 1986.
When taking those two factors into account, in arguably any other year Payet would be named the best signing of the season but in such a rare campaign, he has been outshone by Leicester’s Kante.
“In normal years, Dimitri Payet would have had this accolade for inspiring West Ham's best campaign since 1986 but he misses out because of N’Golo Kante. It has to be the little French terrier who arrived unheralded from Caen for £5million but is now a title winner,” Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail.
While Payet deserves huge recognition for his contributions this season, it’s hard to disagree with Carragher’s decision as Kante is ultimately a Premier League winner against all the odds.
The now fully capped France international joined the Foxes as an unknown quantity last summer, yet it soon became apparent that the holding midfielder has an enormous amount of ability.
The 25-year-old has formed an incredible midfield partnership with Danny Drinkwater, averaging a whopping 4.5 tackles and 4.2 interceptions per Premier League encounter.
It has been a truly incredible campaign for Leicester and their title-winning side, and Kante was very much a key cog in their success alongside the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.