The plaudits continue for N'Golo Kante.
The winner of the Professional Football Association’s Player of the Year, Kante has also earned the admiration of the Football Writers’ Association.
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Chelsea’s 26-year-old midfielder has logged the fourth-most minutes during the Blues’ likely Premier League title run, with only goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defenders Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of him.
Kante and manager Antonio Conte have changed the tenor and tone around Stamford Bridge (a lack of European football helped, too). It’s a deserved win, as Kante edged teammate Eden Hazard and Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli for the honor.