The France international joined the Blues in the summer from champions Leicester.
And the midfield maestro hasn’t looked back since his switch.
Kante has helped guide Chelsea to the summit of the Premier League table ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool.
“I can’t think of a time where his form has dipped between January and December”
Paul Merson on Chelsea star N’Golo Kante
And pundit Merson reckons the Blues new boy is the key to their success.
“N’Golo Kante is my player of 2016,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“You can tell how much Leicester miss him and he’s stepped in at Chelsea and become one of their best players.
“He’s been absolutely outstanding all season.
“I can’t think of a time where his form has dipped between January and December.
“I don’t remember him having one bad game.
“So he’s my player of the year.”