Chelsea look unstoppable on their march towards the Premier League title this season.
They comprehensively beat Southampton in the week and one player in particular has got us thinking.
N’golo Kante is one of the best players in the Premier League. It sounds absurd when you say it out loud, but it’s true. He’s the only high-profile player to leave champions Leicester in the summer, but look at the effect his move to Stamford Bridge has had.
The Foxes have had a patchy season, but Chelsea are waltzing towards their second title in three years. Kante, who picked up the PFA Player of the Year award a couple of days ago, has been a tour de force in the Blues’ midfield. One second he’d be steaming forward in a Blues attack, the next he’d be bullying Mesut Ozil off the ball and starting another surge forward.
But he’s underrated. It comes with the territory of playing in that role. Ask anyone who the best player in the Premier League is, and they’ll reel off the same names: Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero or Kante’s team-mates Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
But Kante is a winning machine. Play the France battler in your midfield, and you’re probably going to win the game of football. His win ratio is higher than any other player’s currently playing in England’s top flight.
Another Chelsea player who was criminally underrated during his time at Stamford Bridge was the mighty Eidur Gudjohnsen.
He may not have played in the same position as Kante, but he was as instrumental in Chelsea’s successes.
During his early spell at the club, he was living off the crumbs that fell from Gianfranco Zola and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink’s table. He really came into his own while playing as a second striker in Jose Mourinho’s first season in the Premier League.
Gudjohnsen, who scored 54 league goals in 186 games while at Chelsea, helped the Blues to back-to-back titles, and left for Barcelona in 2006.
He was an instrumental player in Chelsea’s attack, but seemed to miss out on the adulation he deserved while in west London.
That said, he still gets a hero’s welcome every time he returns to Stamford Bridge.