N’Golo Kante in the first week of May 2017 voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
Kante topped the poll of the 340-strong membership ahead of his Blues team-mate Eden Hazard, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli in third place.
Kante and Hazard together collected more than 65 percent of the journalists’ votes, which were spread over a record number of 17 different players.
The 26-year-old Kante will receive the prestigious FWA accolade at a gala dinner in London on 18 May 2017.
About N’Golo Kante
• Born on 29 March 1991, N'Golo Kante is a French professional footballer.
• He plays as a central midfielder for English club Chelsea and the France national team.
• He made his senior debut at Boulogne and then spent two seasons at Caen, the latter in Ligue 1.
• In 2015, he joined Leicester City for a fee of £5.6 million and became an integral member of the club's first ever Premier League win in his only season at the club.
• In 2016, he joined Chelsea for a reported fee of £32 million and won the prestigious PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards in his first season with the club.
• He made his senior international debut for France in 2016.
About FWA Footballer of the Year
• The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.
• The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season. Stanley Matthews was the first winner of the award.
• The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Football Writers' Association.
• The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders.
Who: N'Golo Kante
When: First week of May 2017