Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award last night after an outstanding debut season at Stamford Bridge.
The France international made the move to West London from Premier League champions Leicester in the summer, and continued where he left off at the King Power Stadium with several impressive displays in the heart of Antonio Conte’s midfield, helping them to top spot in the table and indeed to the FA Cup final.
And it was enough to see the 26-year-old head a six-strong list including teammate Eden Hazard, the league’s top-scorer Romelu Lukaku, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane to the main award.
However, Southampton manager Claude Puel has this morning in his pre-Chelsea press conference suggested that Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu isn’t far behind Kante, stating that he ‘brings the same qualities’ as the Blues man.
And his comments has stimulated a response from some Chelsea supporters on social media, who appear stunned by the comparison made from the Saints manager…
@BBCSport He’s a million miles away
— Neale Turner (@NealeTurner1) April 24, 2017
@SouthamptonFC seriously ? Was this a typo or something
— Chelsea1903 (@Simy1903) April 24, 2017
— Benjamin Britten (@BenGudjohnsen22) April 24, 2017
However, several Southampton supporters echoed their manager’s sentiments, demonstrating how integral Romeu has been for the Saints this term…
— Kieran Townley (@kieran2307) April 24, 2017
— ntale brian (@ntalebrian4) April 24, 2017
He’s right Romeu improves every game and will be saints’ player of the year not far off kante #bbcsportsday
— Ewan Campbell (@EwanCampbell1NI) April 24, 2017
— Will Mitchell (@WillsfcMitchell) April 24, 2017