Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins has highlighted the importance of star midfielder N’Golo Kante to the team following his influential display in a 1-0 victory against Premier League rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
The France international midfielder returned to the Blues starting line-up for the clash with the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
The former Leicester City defensive midfielder was ruled out with a hamstring injury during the last international break as the West Londoners conceded 13 goals in six matches in all competitions in his absence.
Kante, 26, helped the Blues to dominate United’s midfield in an important 1-0 victory at the Bridge to move to within just a point of Jose Mourinho’s team.
The PFA player of the year touched the ball a total 68 times and ended up with 90 percent pass completion in a sensational display against the Red Devils.
Former Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins admitted the reigning champions struggle without the midfielder in their starting eleven.
“[Ngolo] Kante came back in [into the starting line up] after a few weeks out [of action], my goodness gracious me how fit is this young man [Ngolo Kante]?” Ray Wilkins told Sky Sports News.
“He’s [Ngolo Kante] incredibly fit, the ground [area of the field] he covered in the match was just amazing. Without him [Ngolo Kante] there is certainly a loss.”
Chelsea bought Kante in a £30m transfer from former League champions Leicester in the 2016 summer window.
He helped the club to win their second League title in three years last campaign after the Blues finished seven points above their closest challengers Tottenham.