Saturday 24 September 2016

N'Golo Kante flirts with red card on Chelsea debut against West Ham

Published 15/08/2016 | 22:21

N'Golo Kante had a decent debut for Chelsea against West Ham
N'Golo Kante had a decent debut for Chelsea against West Ham

N'Golo Kante made his Chelsea debut against West Ham following his multi-million pound move from Premier League champions Leicester.

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Here, Press Association Sport looks at the midfielder's contribution in the 2-1 victory.

ROLE

As expected, the France international lined up just in front of the Blues' back four, alongside Nemanja Matic. He showed defensive discipline while still managing to cover plenty of ground for his team.

TACKLING

He arguably should not have been on the pitch to see the game out. After picking up a yellow card for scything down Andy Carroll inside three minutes, he glanced nervously at referee Anthony Taylor following a mistimed challenge on international team-mate Dimitri Payet six minutes from time before escaping unpunished.

WORK RATE

One of the stand-out attributes from his time with the Foxes was his energy levels and he maintained them in this game. He got about the pitch and will be a willing runner for the season to come.

OVERALL

A solid if unspectacular start for the central midfielder. It could have ended on a sour note had his tackle on Payet been properly punished.

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