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One poor game (his passing was shit yes) and one of our most consistent players this season and reasons why we are top of the league needs a long term replacement. speechless.

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21 hours ago, DYC. said:

Class ball-winner, midtable ball-player.

Kante is typically the kind of player who is good at what he does, although, what he does is pretty limited.

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1 hour ago, Peace. said:

Kante is typically the kind of player who is good at what he does, although, what he does is pretty limited.

The way he wins possession at times is nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I scratch my head thinking where the hell did he come from. And the timing and technique of his challenges are top-notch. But outside of that, mehh...

I hope he proves to be as effective off the ball in the CL. And I hope the excitement of most Chelsea fans regarding Bakayoko turns out to be justified. If not, Europe is gonna be a drag.

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4 hours ago, DYC. said:

The way he wins possession at times is nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I scratch my head thinking where the hell did he come from. And the timing and technique of his challenges are top-notch. But outside of that, mehh...

I hope he proves to be as effective off the ball in the CL. And I hope the excitement of most Chelsea fans regarding Bakayoko turns out to be justified. If not, Europe is gonna be a drag.

The plan usually is to make up for any lack of creativity in midfield with Hazard's ability.

Similar to how we used to make up for it with Drogba's presence.

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On 12/08/2017 at 7:44 PM, DYC. said:

Class ball-winner, midtable ball-player.

That in itself is not an issue to have a specialist in something (think Maka, nothing special on the ball), but for the team to fully benefit from his specialties he needs to have class ball-players around him. If we do not or when we're having a bad game in possession, his limitations will show more than it should, and it's not his fault. Luckily we do have good ball-players and we saw last season how effective we can be with this model, unfortunately currently the squad is just depleted.

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The problem is that it expected from him to do all the work in mid. He is impressive player indeed, but puting someone like Cesc next to him in that formation is basically letting all the work to Kante. I just don't want to imagine the team without him, can't wait to see Bakayoko next to him. If Chelsea had actually a board who are using their heads, there would have been already someone next to him and Kante and the whole team would be playing better.

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On 13/08/2017 at 5:28 PM, DYC. said:

The way he wins possession at times is nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I scratch my head thinking where the hell did he come from. And the timing and technique of his challenges are top-notch. But outside of that, mehh...

I hope he proves to be as effective off the ball in the CL. And I hope the excitement of most Chelsea fans regarding Bakayoko turns out to be justified. If not, Europe is gonna be a drag.

If the games against Spurs are anything to go by, I — sadly — do not think it will be the case. When the pace of the game is of high intensity, whether it is through technic or physicality, he seems unable to cope with it. That being said it is a sample too restricted to draw a conclusion. Regardless, I do hope that Bakayoko will add a strong physical presence into the midfield ; as we do not have any playmaker, we need some muscles to bypass this weakness !

P.S. That being said, I am more worried about our attacking play than our defensive...

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On 13/08/2017 at 4:19 PM, Peace. said:

Kante is typically the kind of player who is good at what he does, although, what he does is pretty limited.

And? He is the type of midfielder that has to be compared to likes of Matic, Casemiro,...he might be b2b but thats solely because he is quite quick, dynamic, great runner and has good ball control. But first and foremost he is ball winner. 

Can people stop making Kante something he is not. Last season, he has been fantastic and thats why he also won poty of the year, a reward that almost never goes to such type of midfielder. And competition was fairly strong with Eden, Kane, Coutinho, Alexis...

It speaks volumes of how great he is doing his job. 

But I guess until he will score screamers, dribble like Messi and pass like Xavi, people will always complain.

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