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Darren Bent: The “Makelele Role” Should Be Renamed After N’Golo Kante

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele was so good that the defensive midfield role was named after him but N’Golo Kante appears to be working towards having that role bear his name.

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French football could possibly lay claim to have produced the best defensive midfielders in the history of the game. From Claude Makelele to Patrick Vieira and now N’Golo Kante, France seems to be richly blessed in that department.


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Makelele was so good that the position was named the “Makelele role.” The DR Congo born former French international made a name for himself while playing for Real Madrid and Chelsea between year 2000 and 2008, a period when he became an acclaimed midfielder.

He won titles with both Madrid and Chelsea but has seen almost all of his achievements surpassed by another French midfielder of African descent N’Golo Kante who Darren Bent believes should have the holding role renames after him.

Kante won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2006 in his first and only season with the Foxes before moving to Chelsea the following summer and helping the West Londoners to the title in also his first year with the Blues. The 30 year old got to the finals of the European Championships in 2016 and was pivotal as France won the World Cup in 2018.

Kante has numerous individual awards to complement his immeasurable contributions to his teams’ triumphs over the years some of which is Chelsea’s Club World Cup victory a couple of weeks ago.

Darren Bent is well aware of his importance and effectiveness and that’s why he’s proposed that the position be renamed after the Chelsea midfielder.

Bent has told talkSPORT that Kante now deserves to be recognised with a role of his own, labelling him the best defensive midfielder he’s ‘ever seen’.

“He had that period where he won the league with Leicester, then he won the league the next season with Chelsea, and then he won the World Cup. 

“During that period, he was incredible. 

“In some respects, I can understand what Maurizio Sarri was trying to do (playing Kante out of position), because, in terms of getting the ball out from the back and starting attacks, Jorginho is so comfortable. 

“Look how important he’s been, by the way, with Chelsea winning the Champions League and Italy winning Euro 2020, so I get it. 

“But when you got put Kante in front that back four, there’s no coincidence that they win a lot of trophies. 

“In my opinion, at that role, I think he’s the best we’ve ever seen.”  

Andy Goldstein said to Bent that Makelele has the role named after him but the former Charlton striker argued argued it is time for a name change as Kante has taken it to another level and made reference to when Makelele himself acknowledged that fact while speaking to the Chelsea official website in 2017.

He said in 2017: “People talk about the Makelele position, but I am old and it is time everybody called it the Kante position. N’Golo deserves that.” 

It is to be seen whether Kante gets the recognition he truly deserves after all his exploits with Chelsea and the French national team.

Meanwhile…

Danny Mills has accused Tottenham Hotspur of being “spursy” following their 0-1 defeat at the hands of Burnley on Wednesday.

Spurs were still fresh from their last gasp 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Sunday and in just a few few days came back to lose to Burnley at Turf Moor, a three day journey that truly defines what Spurs really represent.

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“This is Spurs being very Spursy,” Danny Mills said, as Tottenham slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Wednesday night.

Conte’s men were udone in the 70th minute by a Ben Mee goal that would eventually be the only goal of the game.

Ex-England defender Mills said: “Simple set-piece, high swinging delivery to the far post and Mee wants it more than Cristian Romero.

“He sees the flight of the ball, Romero loses it, and he powers it into the far corner.

“On the balance of play, I think Burnley deserve that. They’ve played some really good stuff.

“They’ve been organised, resolute and at it from the first minute.”

Mills added: “This is Spurs being very Spursy.

“Tottenham were magnificent against Man City and tonight they’ve barely tested the goalkeeper.

“Tonight, they should’ve taken it to Burnley, but it’s been the opposite. Burnley have deserved this.”

Burnley, meanwhile, climb to within two points of safety, with a game in hand on 17th-place Newcastle following back-to-back wins.

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