N’Golo Kante has been central in the Chelsea setup this term.

The diminutive French midfielder’s stats suggest that he is the reason for Leicester City’s Premier League swoop last season and the man behind Chelsea’s possible title win this campaign.

Kante played more games than the rest of the players whilst with the Foxes last season, only behind goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, captain Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton. He missed just one game last season for Leicester – their 2-2 draw against West Brom in March.

The player’s capabilities, hardwork and the improved confidence married the change in formation at Stamford Bridge to give birth to a dramatic turnaround for Chelsea. The Blues sit atop the league with a six-point margin. Defending champions Leicester place four points above the relegation zone without the powerless defensive machine.

The points garnered when Kante features since his move to the Premier League says a lot. The 25-year old is rarely injured. He has the most points won in Premier League games over the last two seasons. His combined tally is 120 so far, ahead of Arsenal’s Nacho Montreal and Mesut Ozil with a tally of 101 and 100 respectively. Barcelona target Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny line up after the trio before Morgan, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris and Albrigton respectively.

Chelsea have won the league four times in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2014. Each time they have led the standings on Christmas. With another lead this term, the club seem focused on lifting the Premier League. The victory over Sunderland has keep their ten-game winning streak alive. If the record continues to the end of January, it may be too late for another club to unseat the team, historically.

Aside Kante, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Victor Moses have been most impressive this season. Cesc Fabregas made vital contributions in recent games even though it has truthfully been a team effort.