Amartey is the best to replace Kante – Simpson

N’Golo Kante’s performances for Leicester kept Daniel Amartey out of the team last season Getty

Leicester City’s Danny Simpson believes Ghana’s Daniel Amartey can fill the void left by N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea for £32m this summer.

The 21-year old signed for the Premier League champions from Copenhagen in January for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.5m and delivered an assured performance in the 2-1 success against Swansea City before the international break.

Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester manager, has struggled to settle on a long-term heir to Kante’s place in the centre of midfield this season, experimenting with both Andy King and Nampalys Mendy in that position against Hull City and Arsenal respectively.

Simpson, who recently agreed terms on a new three-year contract at the King Power Stadium, told the Leicester Mercury: “He was excellent last week. That is the thing with our squad. He has been patient. Every day he gives 100 per cent in training.

“He is a good lad to have around. He is always smiling and always joking with everyone.

“He has always said he wants to play centre midfield and was deservedly the man-of-the-match. He was fantastic and he has given us all a lift.”

The 29-year-old added: “If he performs like that every week then yes [he can follow Kante].

We know how good Kante was but I am really happy for him because he waited so patiently and the way he slotted in against Swansea, it looked he had been playing there for ages for Leicester.”

Source: Independent

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