Premier League Logo
Black History Month

Black History Month Heroes: N'Golo Kante

26 Oct 2021
Black History Month - N'Golo Kante

Midfielder vital for the champions in a second straight season when he joined Chelsea in 2016/17

During Black History Month, we are celebrating the contribution players of African and Caribbean descent have made to the Premier League in each of the last 30 seasons.

2016/17 - N'Golo Kante

As Paul Pogba tracked the run of Chelsea's N'Golo Kante when Manchester United visited Stamford Bridge in October 2016, he could not have envisioned just what his international team-mate would do next.

Appearing as if to shoot, Kante feinted back on to his right foot to go past Chris Smalling and fire past David De Gea.

That memorable strike, in a 4-0 win, was the midfielder's first for the Blues and capped off one of many impressive displays during his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

CC

Brought to Chelsea by Antonio Conte in the summer of 2016, Kante arrived as a reigning Premier League champion.

Blessed with incredible stamina as well as the ability to read play and break down opposition attacks, the dynamic Frenchman had been crucial to Leicester City's historic first Premier League title success in 2015/16, playing in all but one of their matches.

CC

Fast forward 12 months and these traits would help Kante to his second successive Premier League winner's medal, this time for the west Londoners.

He remains the only Premier League player to win back-to-back titles with two different clubs, and several individual accolades followed in 2016/17.

Kante was named the PFA Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season, while he was also included in the PFA Team of the Year for a second consecutive campaign.

Adding silverware

Five seasons on, Kante remains a key player for Chelsea and has helped the club win the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and three FA Cups.

He has also won the FIFA World Cup, lifting the trophy with France in 2018.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel, who took charge in January 2021, spoke of his delight at having Kante in his team.

"The guy is a top guy," Tuchel said. "He is the guy you need to win trophies and that's why we're so happy he's here and he's at our club.

"I was dreaming about this player and fighting for this player, dreaming about this player in any club I was coaching, so now he's my player."

See: Black History Month: Honouring Premier League icons

Latest News

More News: Latest News

Latest Videos

More Videos: Latest Videos