Kante, 25, hasn’t missed a minute of league football this term but has managed to produce the same level of excellent performances that he did in a Leicester City shirt last term.
Pardew has praised Kante for plugging the gaps for Chelsea that fundamentally cancel out his opponent’s offensive plans while insisting that it was hard for his side to carve out opportunities against such a well-structured team, with world-class players.
The former Newcastle United manager said, as reported by BBC Sport: “We have all come up against this system before but it is with outstanding players. They ask questions and do not make errors. N’Golo Kante gives so much energy like he had at Leicester and fills holes which goes unnoticed.
“You don’t really expect a centre-half to have the quality, it was a Cesc Fabregas-type ball for the goal. It was a crucial goal before half time like Manchester United scored. It is about points now, we are up against teams in and around us. I take heart from the last two performances. We deserved something.”
Chelsea’s structural discipline has stemmed from Antonio Conte’s decision to implement a 3-4-3 system and has been sustained largely because of Kante and Nemanja Matic’s diligence in midfield.
Chelsea’s next game sees them face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in the Premier League. However, Kante will be unavailable for the game as he will miss the clash due to suspension.