Jermain Jenas has claimed Maurizio Sarri is laying the groundwork to phase N’Golo Kante out of his Chelsea starting line-up.
Kante has become the best holding midfielder in world football since his move to Stamford Bridge by doing a world class job of protecting that back-line, breaking up play and even getting involved in the attacking side of the game.
However, Sarri has attempted to reinvent Kante in recent weeks and stationed him further out wide while he looks to ply Jorginho in that holding role position, something many in the media have criticised, and Jenas believes Sarri is laying the ground work to phase the Frenchman out of the side.
‘The longer Maurizio Sarri is at Chelsea, something tells me that at some point he will try to phase out N’Golo Kante,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘That sounds crazy. It is crazy. It makes no sense to get rid of the best central midfielder on the planet. But the fact is Sarri just does not see Kante in his system.
‘He is making Kante play in a different way to what made him the best in the world. Can you imagine Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira being told to change positions? Not in a million years.
‘Keane didn’t play on the right of a three, and nor did Vieira. They are the generals. What Sarri is saying to Kante is that you are not the general. Jorginho is my general. That is a bit of a slap in the face.
‘Kante could kick off but he is not going to do that. He is a top pro and wants to play for Chelsea.
‘That is the right thing to do. But it does mean you are probably going to get a few more average Kante performances. You are getting a diluted performance.’
Is Sarri really doing that? Here is what we think.
Kante is one of the best players at Chelsea and one of the best players in world football, so the idea that Sarri could be phasing the Frenchman out would come across as crazy to many Blues fans.
He is an integral part of the side here at Stamford Bridge and one of those players that we simply cannot afford to lose, as there are no players out there that are even good enough to fill the void if he leaves.
So even though Kante is playing out of position and we hope that he gets played back in midfield, Sarri is not phasing the Frenchman out.
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