Henry tips Kante for Player of the Year award

Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry as tipped Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to win the PFA Player of the Year award this season.

The France international has helped the Blues to the top of the Premier League table with his energetic displays in the middle of the park.

Kante is his first season with the London club after playing a major role in Leicester City's fairytale title victory in the last campaign.

Henry told the Sun: "I see no reason why he (Kante) shouldn't be PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season.

"It's around now that the voting slips start to drop on the doormats of pros and there are loads of worthy candidates this time.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is banging them in for fun – at 35. Alexis Sanchez is chipping in with goals and assists, Romelu Lukaku went into the weekend top of the scoring charts with 16.

"Then there's Liverpool's Sadio Mane, Harry Kane and Dele Alli at Spurs and Kevin de Bruyne at City, who have had great seasons. Usually, your Kante-type player goes relatively unnoticed.

"They are only missed when they're not there. But Kante is so special, you do notice him. He's so good he must say to himself: 'N'Golo, you go and I'll cover!' It's an art to sense danger, to tackle, to intercept."