Former Australian goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer admitted that he had never heard of N’Golo Kante when Leicester City signed him from Caen in 2015.
Schwarzer told that he already understood that Kante was a star in the making after just one training session with the Frenchman at Leicester.
Kante was instrumental in helping Leicester win the Premier League title in 2016 under the guidance of former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. As a result of his heroics on the field, Kante cemented his place in the France national team as well. The midfielder was also roped in by Premier League giants Chelsea in 2016
Kante has won the Europa League, Premier League and also the World Cup ever since his switch from Caen. Looking at his prestigious trophy cabinet, it is quite hard to imagine that 5 years ago Kante used to be in a team that plays in the second division in France.
Schwarzer was quoted as saying by Goal:
“I had never heard of him when we signed him.
“We watched him training and thought ‘wow, he has something.’ Then that progressed and progressed. He is pretty shy. On a football pitch, he comes out of himself a bit more but he is still a very shy individual.
“That had a lot to do with the language barrier. Since learning English, he has come out of himself a little bit more but he is very much firmly with his feet on the ground. What you see on the football pitch on a matchday is the same as in the training field.
“He doesn’t turn it on and off. He is pretty much that every day on a football pitch. After he played a few League Cup games, you thought ‘he needs to go straight into the team, he is what we need’.
“The minute he played, you knew. ‘Wow, he is incredible’. Then you think ‘how long can he keep it up?’ And he kept going on and on. His work rate is unbelievable and he does it effortlessly. When you look at his face, he doesn’t look tired. He always has a smile on his face and it is a genuine one. I can’t speak highly enough about him.”
Kante’s 2019-2020 season under new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been plagued by injury. Kante played with an injured knee in Chelsea’s 4-1 triumph over Arsenal in the Europa League final at Baku. He was also in scintillating form against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the new season.