Sarri’s ‘strange’ Kante call questioned by Gullit

The former Blues player and manager has been left bemused by a tactical call which has seen a World Cup winner edged out of his favoured position

Chelsea’s decision to move N’Golo Kante out of his favoured holding position and into a more advanced midfield berth has been branded “strange” by Ruud Gullit.

The Blues have been forced into a tactical tweak after investing £57 million ($73m) in Italy international Jorginho.

He has slotted into Maurizio Sarri’s side in an anchor role ahead of the back four, with his passing ability allowing a ball-playing philosophy to be embraced.

Jorginho’s presence has, however, edged World Cup winner Kante further up the field, with a man hardly renowned for his goal-scoring prowess being asked to make more of an impact in the attacking third.

That call has left former Blues player and manager Gullit bemused, with the Dutchman telling BBC Sport: “Jorginho is the man Sarri has brought with him from Napoli to channel Chelsea’s play through.

“He was heavily involved at St James’ Park [against Newcastle] but, in a game like this, that is an easier job to do, popping the ball around without being pressed.

“Generally in England, though, he will be asked to play at a higher pace and make quicker decisions.

“You do not get any chance of easy build-up, like you would in Italy. So far he has been OK, but let us see how it goes for the rest of the season.

“One of the knock-on effects of Jorginho coming in is N’Golo Kante’s move into a more advanced role.

“It is a little bit strange. He is not a goalscorer. He has got one this season, but it was more by accident.

“He is a world champion and I like him more in the holding role he played for France.”

Kante’s solitary strike this season came in a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield on the opening weekend.

The France international has since been involved in wins against Arsenal and Newcastle, with Chelsea one of just four sides in the Premier League to still boast a 100 per cent record.

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