N’Golo Kanté voted Footballer of Year by Football Writers’ Association
Midfielder also won Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year trophy
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates with N’Golo Kante after beating Everton. Photograph: Reuters
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
Between them, Blues duo Kanté and Hazard, who was the 2015 Footballer of the Year, collected more than 65per cent of the journalists’ votes, which were spread over a record number of 17 different players.
Kanté was instrumental in Leicester’s shock Premier League triumph last season and following his £32m summer switch to west London, the midfielder looks set to collect a second successive championship medal with Chelsea now needing just two more victories to secure the title.
The 26-year-old will receive the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been awarded since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on May 18th when the association marks its 70th anniversary.
“It is a fantastic honour to win this award. 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,” said Kanté, who last month collected the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year trophy.
Kanté in numbers
25 - Premier League wins for Kanté this season in 33 appearances - two more than he enjoyed in 37 games for Leicester last term.
114 - tackles made, ranking him second in the Premier League behind Idrissa Gueye.
79 - interceptions, the joint-fifth highest in the league and most of any Chelsea player.
2,011 - passes completed, the sixth-highest in the league.
2,959 - minutes played, the third most of any Chelsea outfield player.
9 - yellow cards.
0 - red cards.
1 - league goal scored, against Manchester United - opponents he also scored against in the FA Cup.
1 - he is close to becoming the first player to win back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs.