Gullit questions ‘strange’ Kante role

Chelsea’s decision to move N’Golo Kante out of his favoured holding position and into a more advanced midfield berth has been branded “strange” by Ruud Gullit.

The Blues have been forced into a tactical tweak after investing £57 million ($73m) in Italy international Jorginho.

He has slotted into Maurizio Sarri’s side in an anchor role ahead of the back four, with his passing ability allowing a ball-playing philosophy to be embraced.


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Jorginho’s presence has, however, edged World Cup winner Kante further up the field, with a man hardly renowned for his goal-scoring prowess being asked to make more of an impact in the attacking third.

That call has left former Blues player and manager Gullit bemused, with the Dutchman telling BBC Sport: “Jorginho is the man Sarri has brought with him from Napoli to channel Chelsea’s play through.

“He was heavily involved at St James’ Park [against Newcastle] but, in a game like this, that is an easier job to do, popping the ball around without being pressed.

“Generally in England, though, he will be asked to play at a higher pace and make quicker decisions.

“You do not get any chance of easy build-up, like you would in Italy. So far he has been OK, but let us see how it goes for the rest of the season.”

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