Eden Hazard Says N'Golo Kante Is Like 'Playing with Twins' in Chelsea Team

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Eden Hazard of Chelsea talks to Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Eden Hazard has lavished praise on team-mate N'Golo Kante, saying that playing with him is like "playing with twins." 

Hazard said as much to Chelsea TV

Per Sam Morshead of the MailOnline, he said:

I don't need to speak about N'Golo, everyone knows about him. He's everywhere. I think sometimes when I'm on the pitch I see him twice. 

One on the left, one on the right. I think I'm playing with twins!

He's a fantastic player and helps the team a lot so we are happy to have him in the team.

The Frenchman's endurance and energy have made him a revelation in the Premier League since his arrival at Leicester City in 2015.

After he played a key role in the Foxes' sensational title win, his work rate prompted former head of recruitment Steve Walsh to quip to BBC 5 live: "We play with Danny Drinkwater in the middle and we play with Kante either side."

The midfielder helped Hazard find the net against West Ham United on Monday as he started a counter-attack with an interception.

As Squawka Football revealed, reading passes is Kante's speciality:

The 25-year-old is also an expert in relieving the opposition of possession via tackling. Only four Premier League players have made more than his 63 this season, according to Squawka.

He's also technically adept, too. As well as maintaining an 88 per cent passing accuracy, he's also completed 28 of the 39 take-ons he's attempted and created 16 chances, which is a fair return for a player whose primary job is to protect the defence.

During yet another sensational performance against the Hammers in Monday's 2-1 victory, football writers David Amoyal and Andrew Gaffney hailed Chelsea's capture of him in the summer:

Meanwhile, Chelsea under-18s head coach Jody Morris and the Times' Alex Kay-Jelski discussed the possibility of him winning player of the year:

Indeed, there is perhaps no stronger candidate for the award this season, and perhaps no player in the entire division is as influential.

Kante looks almost certain to lift the Premier League trophy with the Blues this season, and while there have been a number of factors in Chelsea's revival—including Hazard's return to form—it's of no coincidence they're doing so well since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Not only are they 10 points clear at the top of the table this season, but it will be difficult for any side to match them next year without making major improvements in the summer, and Kante can take a lot of credit for that.

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