Kante claims hat-trick of in­di­vid­ual hon­ours

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Chelsea mid­fielder N’Golo Kante was named Player of the Year by the Premier League yes­ter­day, adding a third in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lade to a list of achieve­ments this sea­son that in­cludes win­ning a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Premier League ti­tle.

The 26-year-old French­man, who joined cham­pi­ons Chelsea from last year’s ti­tle win­ners Le­ices­ter City in July, has al­ready been named Player of the Year by the Foot­ball Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and the Pro­fes­sional Footballers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Kante fended off com­pe­ti­tion from team­mates Eden Hazard and Ce­sar Azpilicueta, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jan Ver­tonghen, Ever­ton’s Romelu Lukaku, and Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez to win the award.

“It’s a huge hon­our to be named player of the year... and I want to thank ev­ery­one who voted for me,” Kante said in a state­ment on the league’s web­site.

Kante has scored one league goal (against Manch­ester United) and pro­vided one as­sist this sea­son, but it is his abil­ity to break up play, shield Chelsea’s de­fence and launch at­tacks that has been key for the team.

“I work hard in train­ing, I try to give my best and I work with so many very good play­ers; that’s why we won the league two times,” Kante added.

“We played many good games but we won 5-0 against Ever­ton, which was a very beau­ti­ful game, and also my goal against Manch­ester United (in a 4-0 win). It is al­ways good to score and I am happy for these two games.” Reuters

DAI­LY­MAIL PIC

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante (cen­tre) with for­mer Arse­nal striker Ian Wright as he was awarded the Player of the Year award in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

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