Carra questions Sarri for making Kante look ‘very average’

Date published: Tuesday 27th November 2018 9:58

Jamie Carragher believes N’Golo Kante looks “very average” in his current role at Chelsea.

Kante recently signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge to become the highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history.

But he is not considered his manager’s most important, with the two-time Premier League winner pushed into an unfamiliar wide position to accommodate summer signing Jorginho.

Carragher believes that Kante, “a class midfield player” in a deeper position, is “just a normal midfield player” in the system Maurizio Sarri currently favours.

“Kante is a very average player in the position he is playing in now,” he told Sky Sports.

“I just see a normal midfield player. When he is playing here [deeper] I see a class midfield player.

“Jorginho is not moving from that position. He is Sarri’s man. He has built his system around him. Kante is not moving because he is about to sign a massive contract.

“What I would say straight away is that Jorginho has been excellent this season. Teams are having to change their system and their style at times to counteract Jorginho. That shows what a good player he is and how important he has been to Chelsea.

“If he is getting players around him like Dele Alli or Gylfi Sigurdsson or like Juan Mata did for Manchester United also, this means there should be space for other players.

“Against Spurs, the space was in the wide areas because they were playing a diamond so that meant there should have been space for Eden Hazard and Willian.

“I don’t think the balance of this midfield ever looks right with Mateo Kovacic there. Maybe Sarri is stuck on a 4-3-3 but I actually think it is quite simple to play them as a midfield two and maybe with Ross Barkley or Willian in the No 10 role in a 4-2-3-1.

“It gets Kante back on the ball and it actually relieves a bit of the pressure on Jorginho because there are now two players looking to receive the ball and get Chelsea playing.

“But I don’t think anything revolutionary has to change. Jorginho is a good player.”


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