Antonio Conte claims there's still one area of N'Golo Kante's game he can improve on

Michael Plant

N'Golo Kante has become the darling of English football since his switch to the Premier League nearly two years ago. 

The French midfielder is on the verge of winning his second Premier League title in a row, after his success with Leicester City last year (and would become the first ever player to win the league in back to back years with different clubs).

Kante has been praised for his non-stop work rate, superb tackling and ability to break up opposition attacks.

His phenomenal performances this year were recognised on Sunday, as he was voted the PFA Player of the Year for 2016/17.

The award also highlights how outstanding Kante's performances have been, as it is particularly unusual for a defensive midfielder to win the trophy. In fact, Roy Keane was the last player to claim the award playing in a similar position to Kante in the 1999/00 season.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Yet despite receiving the adulation of his peers, pundits and pretty much anyone who watches football, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes there are still areas that the former Leicester man needs to improve on.

Speaking to the Mirror, the Italian said: "He’s a silent leader.

"N’Golo is young so he can improve in this aspect. When you arrive in a great team like Chelsea it’s very difficult to try to speak and lead.



"I think he’s a silent leader and a leader on the pitch by ­example. He’s not the type of player who likes to speak out. He’s not John Terry in terms of his personality. He's different," he added.

Kante and his Chelsea teammates are on course to complete the domestic double this season after they overcame Tottenham in an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

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