N’Golo Kante is easily one of the best signings made this season and could become one of the biggest transfers this summer.
According to The Guardian, the Leicester City man is being eyed up by Arsenal and Chelsea as the traditional Premier League powerhouses look to strip assets from this term’s upstarts.
When looking at how the Frenchman has performed this season, it’s easy to understand why there is such interest in the midfielder.
The 24-year-old continually breaks up opposition play for the Foxes that has allowed the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to strut their stuff going forward.
Only Idrissa Gueye of Aston Villa averages more interceptions per game than Kante, but is unworthy of the same kind of attention due to the Villans sitting rock bottom of the table.
Indeed, his performances have been so outstanding that he was able to earn his first international cap when France played Netherlands recently.
In order to take the Leicester star to either the Emirates or Stamford Bridge would require a substantial amount of cash to be parted with and that inevitably raises the question of whether he is worth the money.
Of course, Kante has had a great first season in the Premier League, but it has only been one year and that is no guarantee of long-term success.
Many top-flight clubs have spent plenty on signings based on one stellar season in the past and ended up regretting the decision.
Michael Ricketts scored 12 times in his first Premier League campaign, but a £3.5m move to Middlesbrough only brought three goals, while Roque Santa Cruz managed the same amount of strikes after Manchester City parted with £17.5m to sign him from Blackburn Rovers for whom he bagged 19 in his first term at Ewood Park.
Furthermore, Andy Johnson and Benjani Mwarurawi also fit this brief.
It’s strikers who seemingly suffer the most from the one-season wonder complex, meaning potential Kante purchasers needn’t worry about wasting their money.