Chelsea are known for an organisation in defence and sporadic attack. Where Hazard was the target man and ball carrier, N’Golo Kante was the first wall of defense before the back four.
A role in which Kante has been known for in the Premier League with Leicester and now Chelsea. But the departure of Conte and the arrival of former Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri has seen Chelsea gradually turn into a possession based and passing team.
In the league so far, they lead the passing table with Manchester City closely behind. This is due to the role shift of some players such as Kante.
Playing at the base of the midfielders just before central defenders is the area Kante has excelled in. The diminutive Frenchman has proven to be a big tackler and has an eye for a pass and an occasional goal outlet.
Although, the role of Kante has been tinkered with by the coach. The trainer favours Kante in an attacking role from the right of midfield and the player has taken to it like duck to water.
The shift has seen Kante score a goal already this season against Huddersfield and visible contribution to the front three has been noticed.
As the season progresses, Kante will evolve in the role. The introduction of Jorginho and Kovacic will serve as a platform for the World Cup winner to attack with the ball without fear of leaving space behind to be exploited by opposition.