Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has questioned Maurizio Sarri’s refusal to deploy N’Golo Kante in his natural position at Chelsea.
The France international has established himself as the best midfield enforcer in the World since his outstanding 2015/2016 title winning season with Leicester City.
Chelsea acquired the services of the Frenchman for £34 million and it paid off as the London club has gone on to lift both the Premier League and FA cup.
The 27yr old was ever present in Didier Deschamp’s Les Bleus side that lifted the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
However with the arrival of Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho in the summer, Kante has been pushed out of his natural position with the Frenchman playing in the right hand side of midfield, with Jorginho been favoured by the Italian in the holding role.
Chelsea in their loss against Tottenham last weekend were caught out in the middle of the park as Jorginho failed to grasp the intensity of the game.
Alan Shearer analyzing the game gave his post-match opinion about the game.
“Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N’Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me,” Shearer told The Sun.
“Without the little French dynamo in that hole, tidying up, tracking runners, it leaves David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger massively exposed – as Spurs showed to such devastating effect on Saturday night.
“Leicester City won the league with Wes Morgan and Robert Huth as their centre-half pairing. Decent defenders but neither are particularly quick. But their deficiencies were expertly covered up by Kante – the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none. Jorginho is not in the same class.
“Kante is wasted playing where he did against Spurs, higher up the park and to the right. He is not an attacking midfielder. I know Sarri worked with Jorginho at Napoli and trusts him in that holding position but he had a poor night at Wembley.”