Early this week the Daily Mirror revealed that Leicester are already braced for a deluge of bids for their best players this summer.
Apparently “one of their star midfielders” Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante “is most likely to leave even if Claudio Ranieri’s Champions League-bound men go on to win the title.”
Naturally such a belief poses the question: if the Foxes have to sell one of the duo in order to keep together the bulk of their seemingly-history-bound squad, which one should it be?
At news.bwin we recently proved that the Algeria international is currently the Premier League’s most valuable-goalscorer this season.
No fewer than 11 of his 16 league goals this season have been either match-winning or equalizing strikes.
He has also set up ten more for teammates, meaning he has had a direct involvement in almost half of Leicester’s 55 league efforts this season.
The former Le Havre man looks a fair way to make a living at 9/5 to notch any time against Sunderland, yet it’s arguable that Kante would be harder to replace.
Attacking midfielders with guile, creativity, vision and goal threat in and out of the area, aren’t exactly ten a penny, but in comparison to all-action midfielders of the Paris-born dynamo’s calibre they are widely available.
Just as he did last season, Kante is leading Europe’s top-five leagues for tackles made and it is impossible to call to mind a player currently operating in the public eye with a similar mixture of above-board intensity and class.
It’s little surprise that Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Juventus are all reportedly interested in his services.
Mahrez would be tough to replace, but in the current marketplace Kante would be irreplaceable.
Leicester are 11/10 to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this weekend, with their opponents a mite longer than 117/50-rated draw at 23/10.