Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has revealed that manager Maurizio Sarri has made a stupid decision for not playing N’Golo Kante as a holding midfielder.
The France international has excelled as a defensive midfielder in recent years as he helped Leicester and Chelsea to win Premier League titles.
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The 27-year-old has also helped his country to win their second World Cup last summer in Russia.
However, since Sarri took over from Antonio Conte last summer, the system has changed with Kante’s place was taken by new summer signing Jorginho.
Meanwhile, the Frenchman has been deployed to the right side of central three and has been given the green light to play as attacking midfielder.
But Cascarino believes the Italian manager is wrongly using the World Cup winner and is wasting his best attributes.
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“The Kante one is stupid, I can’t describe it any other way,” he told talkSPORT.
“Playing the best holding midfielder on the right… it’s like playing Alan Shearer as a winger.”
“Whether Sarri is being stubborn or not, none of us can get it, and I think we’ve been proven right.”
“N’Golo Kante is not playing in the position where he is the absolutely stand-out player.”
“He’s won back-to-back Premier League titles, got a World Cup medal and about 100 man-of-the-match awards [playing in that role].”
“He’s a fantastic athlete. Is he technically a magician on the ball? Of course, he’s not.”
“He’s in the team to do the job, to win the ball and be a spoiler and he does that brilliantly.”
Meanwhile, Cascarino, who played for the Blues between 1992 and 1994, has also revealed his verdict on Jorginho at Stamford Bridge.
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“Can’t run, no assists and can’t defend.”
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The Italy international midfielder started well at West London side but has recently been criticised for not contributing enough.
“Jorginho has become a bit of a scapegoat,” Cascarino added.
“The atmosphere towards him at Stamford Bridge, the finger is pointed at him and I feel sorry for him because it’s not just him.”
“But he was bought for a lot of money and other clubs wanted him.”
“But I look at him and I just think, ‘wow, you look like a five-a-side player’.”
“He’s light, he’s got a great touch and moves it around; but any team that smothers him gets onto him and press him. Chelsea really do struggle then to get the ball to any position and look like a dangerous side.”