Chelsea's N'Golo Kante in action with West Ham United's Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate
N'Golo Kante looks to have picked up right where he left off in the Premier League with a fine display on his Chelsea debut.
It was the type of display that earned the French midfielder a £32m move from Leicester City to Chelsea last month as he played a key role in his new club's 2-1 victory over West Ham in their league opener.
Despite picking up an early yellow card, the 25-year-old composed himself and put in an assured performance with 95% passing accuracy, six duels won and eight ball recoveries.
|Passing Accuracy||Won Tackle||Interception||Ball Recovery||Touches||Duel Won|
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante fouls West Ham United's Andy Carroll resulting in being shown a yellow card
After a goalless first half, Chelsea took the lead straight after the restart through Eden Hazard's penalty.
Hammers' defender James Collins levelled things up with quarter-of-an-hour left to play after Chelsea failed to deal with Dimitri Payet's corner.
It was West Ham's first shot on target in the match and a frustrating goal to concede for the home defence who had been rarely tested until that point.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
But in the 89th minute Chelsea found a winner as Diego Costa's sweetly struck effort found the bottom left corner from 25-yards.
The goal confirmed a 2-1 win as Chelsea look to put last seasons disappointment behind them while Kante eyes back-to-back Premier League titles.
West Ham United's Mark Noble in action with Chelsea's N'Golo Kante
Kante's stellar performance didn't go unnoticed on Twitter either:
Kante's work rate !!— Kshitij Sareen (@bluebash) August 15, 2016
Look at the pressing from Chelsea... You can tell it's a conte team and kante is a dream player for conte.— Austin Drake (@austin_drake10) August 15, 2016
Kante Man of the match!— Jefe (@Bubba_Quality) August 15, 2016
Batshuayi not a bad signing... Great Chelsea EPL debut for Kante!!— Conqueror#Vision2018 (@Ta_Lentja) August 15, 2016
MOTM for me has to be N'Golo Kante. I liked Oscar, Eden Hazard and the entire back four too. #CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 15, 2016
Though some Hammers fans felt the Frenchman was lucky to still be on the pitch following his early booking:
Costa and Kante should have been sent off— Hendrix (@HadiMikdashi) August 15, 2016
Costa and Kante should have been off. Awful refereeing— Rickalous (@Rickalous_Singh) August 15, 2016
Chelsea were far better but Costa and Kante both should have seen second yellows.— Leeroy Drinkins (@Chang1485) August 15, 2016