Frank Lampard believes that N’Golo Kante is the “best central midfield player in the world right now”.
Kante shone as Chelsea edged past Manchester United and into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win on Monday evening.
The Frenchman scored the only goal of the game and was praised in 16 Conclusions, although former Blues midfielder Lampard went even further.
“I compared him to Claude Makelele last season, but he’s got even more to his game than Makelele,” he told the BBC.
“I would go so far as to say N’Golo Kante is the best central midfield player in the world right now.”
Phil Neville joined those hailing the £32million summer purchase.
“He breaks up play and then sometimes he finishes it off too,” he said.
“He’s the most effective midfielder in Europe at the moment. I don’t see anyone with the influence he has on the team.
“He’s a number 6, an 8 and a 10.”