Garth Crooks: ‘I think this Chelsea star is player of the year’

Garth Crooks’ player of the year is Chelsea Football Club’s N’Golo Kante

Kante helped the Blues to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a fine performance in their 3-1 win against Arsenal on Saturday.

“This game wasn’t about revenge – this was about something far more important than that. This was about putting Arsenal out of the title race and that’s precisely what Chelsea did,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“After all, they had been to Anfield four days earlier and made it abundantly clear to Klopp that you need more than an enchanting smile and a pressing game to win the Premier League title.

“You need an N’Golo Kante in midfield and two central defenders who can defend.

“Against Liverpool it was David Luiz who received the plaudits but it was Kante’s continual interceptions that caused the damage. And so it was against Arsenal.

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