N’Golo Kante has collected yet another personal gong after being named the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year.
Voted for by the 340-strong membership of the FWA, Kante earned more than 65% of the vote thanks to his second-consecutive season of brilliance in the Premier League.
Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Dele Alli finished second and third, respectively, with a record number of 17 players receiving votes.
After being a key member of Leicester City’s fairytale title win, Kante joined Chelsea in a £32million deal in the summer and has been equally impressive again, with his dynamism in midfield helping the Blues to the brink of winning the league.
“It is a fantastic honour to win this award,” said Kante, who was also named PFA Player of the Year last month.
“With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association of this country to name me as their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career.”
To mark his award win, we’ve collated some more of the best quotes about Kante, featuring tributes from some of the biggest names in the game.
A rare Newcastle positive.
Seven are currently playing in the PL.
Ronaldinho would have been proud.
Would he fit into such a strong side?
More footballers should follow his lead.
We really wish we went on this England trip.
Ryan Garry suffered some incredibly bad luck.
Football is more than just a game.
And we thought the West Ham list was bad…
Chelsea really enjoy the January window.