Paul Merson is a huge fan of Chelsea star N'Golo KanteGETTY

Paul Merson is a huge fan of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante

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.

N'Golo Kante has been key for Chelsea this yearGETTY

N’Golo Kante has been key for Chelsea this year

“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.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea are on fire this seasonGETTY

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are on fire this 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.”

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/572709/Chelsea-N-Golo-Kante-Paul-Merson-Player-of-the-Year-Eden-Hazard-Costa-Premier-League-news