Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has taken the opportunity to disagree with pundits, managers and highly-respected former professionals worldwide by claiming that N'Golo Kante isn't as good as people think he is.
The Frenchman is closing in on a second Premier League title and will become just the second player in the league's history to claim consecutive titles with two different clubs - Mark Schwarzer achieved the feat last year with Leicester, although he did not play a league game for the Foxes.
"At the moment, in England, people only swear by N’Golo Kanté. It’s the fashion. For pundits, he’s the best midfielder in the world," Barton told La Journal du Dimanche without his infamous French accent.
"Oh! He’s very good, but I played against him three weeks ago, and that’s not the case. He’s a fantastic destroyer in a phenomenal team, but not a creator," the former Manchester City man said on the French defensive midfielder, who has created more chances and scored more goals than Barton this season.
Barton, who played a handful of Europa League games for Marseille, added: "It’s impossible to be so definitive with a player who hasn’t played a game of Champions League. Two years ago, no one knew him, and I’m surprised that all of the scouts had missed him before. I’m of a skeptical nature."
The 34-year-old also had a few words to say about Dimitri Payet, claiming that he was surprised by the Frenchman's form at West Ham and that Nicolas Anelka was the best 'Frenchie' that he has ever played with.
Barton has had a fairly limited role at Burnley so far, picking up six yellow cards in his 13 appearances and making himself the laughing stock on Twitter for the day after a failed attempt to win a penalty with a dive against non-league side, Lincoln City.
Burnley currently sit 13th in the league after what has been a very good season so far for the Clarets. Having barely lost at home this season, Sean Dyche's men welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Turf Moor in their next Premier League fixture, following the international break.