Kante, Dele Alli win PFA Player awards

Cape Town - Former Manchester United star David Beckham has praised Chelsea's N'Golo Kante after the midfielder was named the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday.

The 26-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Premier League champions Leicester City last season, is on course to win successive league titles with two separate clubs.

The Frenchman, who won the English Premier League in his debut season while anchoring the Leicester City midfield 12 months ago, saw off the likes of team-mate Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez to take the trophy.

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante has said it's honour to be chosen as PFA Player's Player of the Year.

Conte said: "If it is so simple, next season I think every team would pay £100million for N'Golo and would be sure to win the title".

But that did many of those who look after the nuts and bolts, while others apply the gloss, a disservice.

The man who covers 30 percent of the planet has been named the Professional Footballers Association's (PFA) Player Of the Year. "We have to finish well but so far it's a very good season", Kante said upon accepting his prize, as quoted by ESPN. "That means he's clever, intelligent, still with potential to improve and learn and today he's showing that he's one of the best players in the Premier League".

"Ngolo deserves it. Not only for this season but for his two seasons together in the Premier League".

'He's working very hard - I think he's improving a lot. Whereas Kante's game is centred around his break up play with only Idrissa Gueye (127 v 110), and Ander Herrera (75 v 72) making more tackles and interceptions than any other player.

Chelsea are four points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the league with six games to play and face Arsenal in the FA Cup final after beating London rivals Spurs in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

It is the first time Kante has won the award. Kante could have three interceptions and three tackles every game but when Hazard nicks a last-minute victor it supersedes anything else.

  • Julie Sanders