Chelsea and France defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante wins this one for the week for his double honours just received in the English Premier League (EPL) following what has been a brilliant first season at Stamford Bridge for the dimunitive player in England.
Kante followed his Leicester fairytale season – in which he played a pivotal role – by being voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. A prestigious award it is.
The Frenchman, who has just won back-to-back Premier League titles (first with Leicester City last season and now Chelsea) and could do the double with Chelsea this season, saw off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard as well as Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez.
No mistaking, he is the first player ever to achieve the distinction of winning successive Premier League titles with different clubs.
The midfield powerhouse was, last week, presented with the PFA award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London while Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli scooped the Young Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Not yet done, Kante, was few days ago, voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) thereby making it two major individual awards that matter the most in England.
The FWA gong is football’s oldest individual award. Consequently, Kante is the 18th man to win the PFA and FWA awards in the same season, with former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and ex-Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo completing the double twice.
Kante pipped his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to the FWA award, despite the Belgian playmaker’s outstanding season, on the 70th Anniversary of the FWA. Tottenham’s Dele Alli came third.
An excited Kante, who signed for Chelsea for £32million last summer, said: ‘It is a fantastic honour to win this award. With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association to name me their footballer of the year is a very proud moment in my career.‘
Thumbs up to an awesome player!