Kante could have been Marseille player

Kante has only started one of France's World Cup qualifiers in this campaign despite his stunning form for Chelsea, which has led to him becoming the hot favourite to be named PFA Player of the Year.

If Kante had ended up choosing Marseille, the Foxes probably would not have won the league last year, Kante probably would not have moved to Chelsea this term, and in all likelihood the Blues would not be cruising to a second league title in two years. Has Kante been even better for Antonio Conte than he was under Claudio Ranieri?

Kante missed out on the award last season after being pipped to the feat by former teammate Riyad Mahrez. I thought it would be nice to join this Premier League club, putting a first foot in the Premier League.

Kante made a whopping 175 tackles (4.73 per game) last season with a 71% success rate, compared to 101 tackles (3.74 per game) with 67% success for Chelsea.

However, staying in Ligue 1 and progressing there was his ideal development plan before heading for the Premier League. He is a lad who will win you the ball back 800,000 times every game.

What this comparison and the numbers prove above all else is just how exceptional Kante has really been in England over the past 20 months or so.

N'Golo Kante has insisted that Chelsea stars David Luiz, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are set to challenge him for the PFA player of the year award this season.

How good has Kante been for both Leicester and Chelsea?

"There are quite a few players in the Premier League who deserve this award", he said.

  • Julie Sanders