Chelsea News: After a poor start to the season, Chelsea released their German manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues soon flew in English manager Graham Potter from fellow English Premier League team Brighton to fill in the role.
Having previously never managed a club, Chelsea, Graham Potter now has taken charge of the Blues in between the season. With the summer window coming to an end a few days ago, he now has a fixed squad and many issues to address.
However, probably the biggest one of them is what he does with French International N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea News: The tricky situation of N’Golo Kante
After winning the English Premier League and dining the unthinkable with Leicester city, French midfielder N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea at the start of 2016.
Within days, Kante became one of the pivotal players of the Chelsea squad and lifted the Premier League with Chelsea in his debut season with the Blues.
In the upcoming season, Kante continued his brilliance and won the FA Cup and Europa League, and ultimately the UEFA Champions League.
Regarded as the successor of Claude Makaklele Kante is a tireless worker in the field. His ability to win the ball back and endless energy have been often thought the most effective part of his game. Apart from this his strong game reading, great positional awareness, and brilliant anticipation make him one of the best midfielders in the world.
On top of that Kante has a good range of passing and also the ability to carry the ball forward. Because of this versatility, he can play in multiple midfield positions. He is undoubtedly an asset to both Chelse and the French National Team.
However, in recent days there has been a downside to all of this. Kanter in the last few years has suffered a lot of injuries and missed a lot of matches.
Because of his uniqueness, there’s no direct backup for him at Chelsea. So whenever he has been unavailable the Blues have suffered a lot in recent days.
This made Chelsea’s last gaffer Thomas Tuchel so frustrated that he publically stated this issue.
Now with Potter joining Chelsea, the English manager will have a big task in his hand. He will have to decide how important a role Kante will have in his system.
Kante’s Contract Situation
Meanwhile, Kante’s Chelsea contract is expiring at the end of the season. According to The Athletic, the Frenchman has rejected a 2-year contract with a one-year renewal option. Kante clearly wants a better contract or will leave next summer.
So with all these decisions regarding Kante rounding up together, Graham Potter will have a huge decision to make in near future.