Stats help tell the story, but they are misleading very often… Kante is a very good passer and he is at least equal on the ball, but more importantly he actually takes care of his primary responsibilities better than just about anyone in the league the last 2 seasons. His positioning and engine are fantastic and that is very hard to boil down into stats. Sometimes just making the angle of a pass more difficult due to your positioning makes all the difference.
No disagreement that he would function worse in our team than he is currently in Chelsea’s team, but that is separate discussion. Le Coq actually has played pretty well for us at times, just this season he is very indisciplined and while that may be nearly all on AW, you can only do so much in giving our players a pass for poor performances…
At the end of the day, you can make your case that Le Coq is as good or better - I don’t agree and would argue it is more of a stretch and signal of “bias” than the reverse.
For the record, I have really liked Le Coq and was hopeful he was turning into a great player but I’m not seeing that now - a little bit like Ramsey… and Xhaka? Yikes. There is definitely something to the fact that our team and its tactics and functioning is making a lot of players look worse than they should - I agree with that wholeheartedly.