N’GOLO Kante, the Chelsea midfielder has won UK’s Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2016-17, with football pundits drooling over the diminutive midfielder’s energy and ability.
Kante (26) who was born in Mali secured the most votes from his fellow players, beating Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal for the honour.
The tireless midfielder has been pivotal to Chelsea’s surge to the top of the Premiership League this season following his move from Leicester for £32million in July 2016.
The quiet unassuming Kante is now on course to win back-to-back titles with two different clubs, having having done so last season at Leicester.
Speaking about his amazing exploits in the premiership since moving to the UK from France, Kante said: “My first two seasons were very beautiful. Last season was very beautiful. This season so far, we have had a good season but we have to finish well.”
He added: “It’s a huge honour to be chosen by the other players. It’s the biggest honour to get this award.”
By all accounts Kante, who is just 5ft 6½in tall was instrumental in Leicester’s astonishing Premier League triumph last year and has been so effective for Chelsea this season that Eden Hazard said lining up alongside him was like “playing with twins”.