William Gallas believes not a lot separates N’Golo Kante from former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele and it is only a matter of time before he reaches his level.
Gallas was a team-mate of Makelele’s during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge when the midfielder was crucial to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, with his performances making him a favourite of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Similarly, Kante’s hard work in the middle has not gone unnoticed by the Stamford Bridge faithful following his £30million arrival in 2016 and he was also crowned Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association.
“He will eventually get [to Makelele’s level] with age, if he has more experience,” Gallas told Four Four Two, acknowledging their similarities and adding that the 3-4-3 system used by Antonio Conte allows the energetic Frenchman to get further forward than Makelele ever did.
And when pushed on an area Kante could improve, Gallas suggested his positioning needs worked on.
Speaking about Kante in June, Makelele said he is one of the best midfielders around, but claimed it will be interesting to see how much energy he has when playing more than one game a week when the Champions League begins.
Claude Makelele did all the difficult work for Chelsea in the Premier League and the European Competitions. So, if Kante can perform equally well for Chelsea 2 times a week just like he did last season when the work load was considerably less, there’s no doubt we would witness a true heir to Makelele.
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