Kante is giving out better attacking numbers, under an attacking manager? *pretends to act shocked*.
Can we agree that Kante plays very high up the pitch in this system? Therefore lets compare him to players in similar roles rather than with himself.
Shall we start with Kovacic who he in direct contention with and many believe should be playing ahead of him? Kante has played 1214 minutes in the league with Kovacic playing 1331 minutes, so their stats should be fairly similar.
Kovacic has three assists this season with Kante having 0. Passes forward are in Kovacic's favour with 327, with Kante only making 225, Kante therefore being counter productive with the ball. Pass percentage is in Kovacic's favour again at 89.72%, Kante being sloppy with the ball and only managing 83.52%. Through balls is a good one, Kovacic has attempted 8 this season. Kante? 0. Not a single through ball attempted in 15 games from one of our attacking mids. Kovacic has been dispossessed 20 times, in less minutes Kante has been dispossessed 27 times.
Kante doesn't fit in our team in the role that Lampard wants.