Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel could well face a tough decision over the future of N’Golo Kante over the coming season.
The Frenchman, whilst having been a key player at Stamford Bridge since his 2016 arrival from Leicester City, sees his contract edging towards expiry.
He has just a year-and-a-half remaining on his current deal and with the player set to turn 31 later this season, Chelsea could well be apprehensive to tie him down to a lengthy contract.
Meanwhile, Kante seemingly has plenty of suitors, with Real Madrid having been linked with a swoop for his services in the past
The Blues have been linked with Monaco youngster Aurelien Tchouameni for some time, with rumours over a switch to Stamford Bridge having been a constant figure since last summer.
Tchouameni is already outperforming Kante in the departments he has become famed for – his defensive work.
The Monaco starlet averages 2.5 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 0.9 clearances per game this season, Kante’s numbers sitting at just 1.7, 0.6 and 0.4 respectively, albeit in a hugely disrupted season thus far.
It is not just in his defensive work where Tchouameni is sparkling however, he is also impressive in his all-around play, too.
He is averaging more shots per game – 1.9 to 0.3 – whilst having a better pass success rate than Kante at 87.4% compared to 85.6%.
It is no surprise to learn that the 21-year-old has modelled his game on Kante, as well as Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.