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.
“His importance cannot be overstated”
Jamie Carragher on Chelsea star N’Golo Kante
And pundit Carragher reckons the midfielder is the driving force behind the Blues’ success.
“He doesn’t score many goals or provide many assists — he scored just one in 2016 and only created another two — but there hasn’t been a more influential player in the league,” Carragher wrote the Daily Mail.
“I highlighted him 12 months ago for being that season’s outstanding signing, following his £5.6m move from Caen to Leicester.
“He’s subsequently joined Chelsea for £29.2m and even that looks outstanding value, given how crucial the France international has become for Antonio Conte’s side.
“Kante was the driving force behind Leicester’s pursuit of history and now he might have a chance to add a second Premier League medal.
“The drop Leicester suffered and the upturn Chelsea have enjoyed hasn’t all been because of this marathon man — but his importance cannot be overstated.”