With Leicester City struggling to replicate the same performances they displayed on the pitch last season, one transfer deal has come back to haunt them. The transfer mentioned is the sale of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea for 30 million which is pretty much a petty amount in the currently inflated transfer market.
Players like Gonzalo Higuain command a €90 million fee which would have been considered unthinkable a few years back. Paul Pogba made a 100 million move to English giants Manchester United which shattered the previous transfer record held by Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid. In such a scenario such a low transfer fee for a proven player like Kante who was hailed by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson for his impact on Leicester’s season can be described as nothing less than “one of the biggest bargains of the century”.
With nine tackles and 7 interceptions in a 3-0 win for Leicester against Newcastle Kante made onlookers wake up and recognise the third key player in the squad who had the potential to dictate games with his abilities. 175 tackles and 156 interceptions after being booked just 3 times is an indication of his remarkable impact on Leicester’s trophy winning 2015/16 season.
Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy who is regarded as one of the exciting youngsters in French football for his playing style was signed up for a then club record fee of £13.2 million. Unfortunately, injuries have played spoil-sport with the player largely relegated to the sidelines as a result.
Leicester are clearly missing someone with the same pedigree as Kante and their new target is Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi who is valued at just 20 million by Belgian side Genk. The Foxes are desperate to sign him up in the winter transfer window with the league position dangerously close to relegation.
Having featured twice for the national team and 30 times for the club Leicester fans will be hoping that he can bring the same degree of solid game-play and work rate that Kante delivered on the pitch. It remains to see whether this deal can live up to that expectation in coming January.
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