Claude Makelele thinks his heir N’Golo Kante is missing one crucial quality
Claude Makelele was so good in the holding role that people started calling it the Makelele position. He embodied what makes a screening midfielder great. Most would say the same about N’Golo Kante, Makelele’s heir. But while the former Chelsea player thinks the current Blues tank is good, he doesn’t think he’s exceptional. Not yet, anyway.
Speaking to fellow Chelsea alumni William Gallas for SFR Sport, Makelele, now the assistant manager of Swansea, said: “What I like about him is that he’s very generous. He plays with a smile on his face, and that’s an exceptional quality. I really hope he has a better career than mine, but he still needs that leadership.
“That doesn’t mean be a captain, but to have an aura within the team that when they look at him, they think ‘We’re going to win’ or when he speaks to them, they go ‘You’re right.’ When he has that aura, he’ll be an exceptional player. That’s when he’ll become a regular for France.”
We find it hard to point out flaws in Kante’s game but Makelele has a point. Kante is one of the most unassuming men in football. Makelele had attitude to go with his perfect tackling. It made him all the more fearsome.
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