Opinion: N'Golo Kante could be a key player in Maurizio Sarri's new system
Writing for Sky Sports, Adam Bate argues that the Frenchman could thrive under Sarri.
"The signing of Jorginho was crucial for Maurizio Sarri. It means that the new Chelsea head coach has the playmaker from his Napoli team, the man who made more passes than any other player in Europe's major leagues last season. Jorginho's presence should set the tempo for Sarri's Chelsea and increase the chances of implementing his style of play.
"Intensity is central to the Italian's system too and in N'Golo Kante he has the perfect foil for Jorginho. The pair could forge a brilliant midfield partnership. It does not require any great leap of imagination to envisage how Sarri will look to use Kante. His best performances at club level have come when he has been allowed to go foraging for the ball.
"Kante's engine is already the stuff of Premier League legend. His ability to snuff out opposition counter-attacks, provide support for full-backs out on the flanks and pressurise opponents high up the pitch makes everybody else's job easier. Kante has recovered possession of the ball 913 times over the past three seasons - far more than any other player in the Premier League.
"Some still choose to underestimate Kante and suggest that he would not be ideally suited to the possession game that Sarri prefers. But these aspects of his game have improved during his time at Chelsea. He has evolved as a player and is far more than a mere ball winner. Kante's role will change but expect his influence at Chelsea to be as big as ever.