Opinion: Roman Abramovich has last laugh as Chelsea’s London rivals settle for second-hand Kante

Chelsea currently sit in fourth position after 13 Premier League games, while Fulham are struggling at the foot of the table on a disappointing eight points.

The Blues will be desperate to return to winning ways in the Premier League after suffering defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last time out.

Meanwhile, the Cottagers will be looking to build on their last result against Southampton by producing another dominant performance under Claudio Ranieri.

Interestingly, Chelsea will take on Fulham at Stamford Bridge later on today in the Premier League, so we took a look at N’Golo Kante and Jean Michael Seri’s influence at their respective clubs.

With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…

N’GOLO KANTE

Roman Abramovich pulled off a masterstroke by signing N’Golo Kante from Leicester City back in the summer of 2016 for a reported fee of £30 million.

The Frenchman had already established as one of the rising stars in the Premier League during his time at the King Power Stadium, but since joining Chelsea he has gone up a couple of gears.

There’s no doubt that the 27-year-old is one of the best midfielders in the whole of world football having produced consistent world-class performances in England, Europe and on the in the international stage with France.

GRADE: A
JEAN MICHAEL SERI

Fulham signed Jean Michael Seri from French side Nice for a fee that was believed to be around £25 million.

The central midfielder attracted plenty of potential prior to deciding to move to Craven Cottage, as the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City were all taking an interest.

However, the Ivorian has struggled to live up to expectations in the current campaign as not even he could save Fulham from slipping to rock bottom in the Premier League. He has struggled to find his feet in England and hasn’t managed ensure consistency in the middle of the park just yet, but he still has plenty of potential.

He hasn’t been poor by any means, but the jury is certainly still out.

GRADE: B

VERDICT:
When comparing these two, it’s clear to see that N’Golo Kante is superior as he has managed to establish himself as one of the world’s best in a short space of time in England, while Jean Michael Seri is at the opposite end of the spectrum, struggling to adjust to life in the Premier League.

The Blues’ energetic midfielder will play a huge part in the current campaign for them and has already helped secured a number of points this season, so his efforts are priceless.

Meanwhile, the Ivorian international could still become one of the best in his suited position but improvements are required in order for this to happen.

Seri can be described as the second-hand Kante at this moment in time as he continues to live in the 27-year-old’s shadow, so it is Abramovich who is having the last laugh after missing out on him back in the summer.

Both players have already showcased their talents at times in the Premier League this season and will only get better from here on in, but it’s Kante who is currently performing a couple of levels above the Fulham midfielder.

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