Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has labelled N’Golo Kante as the best central midfielder in the world.
After helping Leicester City to a remarkable title triumph in the 2015/16 season, the Frenchman did likewise last campaign after sealing a big-money move to Stamford Bridge.
With Antonio Conte’s side enduring a mixed start to the season in the Premier League and Champions League, the absence of Kante in recent weeks through a hamstring injury has been telling.
The Uruguayan has hailed the return of Kante and he believes he is currently the best player in the world in his position.
Poyet, speaking to Standard Sport, said: “They missed him a lot, you could see how much the minute he came back.
“He’s easily the best central midfielder in the world. Easily. He would play in a World XI, no doubt. I know there are players like Casemiro, Sergio Busquets but he’s better than them.
He knows the game, when to stay, when to run and how to run well. He reads it so well he knows what is going to happen before he gets there. That way he controls it with his incredible power and finesse. Normally players like that aren’t as good on the ball as Kante is.
“It’s incredible that he went to Leicester and nobody saw him until they won the league! You do what you do, managers do what they do but how didn’t any scouts see him?”