Ismaila Soro compares his footballing style to idol N'Golo Kante in Celtic Q+A

By John McGinley

July 8, 2020

Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro has been answering supporters’ questions on Twitter this evening, revealing he models his game after superstar N’Golo Kante.

Soro arrived in January and fans have been keen to see what he has to offer in the middle of the park.

He’s yet to make his debut though, having not quite adjusted to his surroundings in time before the shortening of the Scottish Premiership season.

However, in recent days he’s been impressing in training and has won praise from manager Neil Lennon for the way he is integrating into the squad.

Now he is gearing up to make an impact in the first-team when Celtic return to competitive action next month.

Those curious about his game may be interested to know he most closely associates himself to the style of Chelsea midfielder Kante.

Asked directly by a fan who he compares to, Soro said on the official Celtic Twitter account: “I compare my game to N’Golo Kanté. He is brilliant. His movement on the field and his reading of game is very good.”

He was also asked who his favourite footballer was, replying: “Growing up it was Claude Makélélé and now it is N’Golo Kanté.”

And his goals for the season? That was an easy one for the new Bhoy, stating: “My goal for this season is to take it game by game, but most of all to remain focused and help the team win ten-in-a-row. Also, we must try and win the other cups and qualify for the Champions League.”

What can we expect from the 22-year-old then?

Well it sounds like he enjoys a combative and energetic midfield game, busily getting stuck into tackles or intercepting opposition attacks.

N’Golo Kante in action for Chelsea / (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

That’s what we think of when it comes to Kante, who was said by The Sun last month to be worth £72m, though the French international also possesses terrific game intelligence.

Kante is obviously not a bad player to model yourself after and it’ll be exciting to see if Soro can add that kind of bite to our midfield play, perhaps allowing Scott Brown to rest more than he has been in recent years.