The Blues midfielder has earned plenty of plaudits over the last couple of seasons for his attributes as a destructive force in a holding role.
He was, however, to demonstrate in a 4-2 win over the Saints that he is about much more than ball recovery, with one mazy run drawing comparisons to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Ngolo Messi tonight almost got assist of the year great game from the lads, and 3 important points have a good night yall #CFC— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) April 25, 2017
Diego Costa stepped into his boots as a central striker and produced another talismanic display as he netted a vital brace.
Those efforts also took the Spain international past the 50-goal mark for Chelsea, with the burly frontman reaching that landmark in just 85 appearances.
His contribution, along with that of Kante, has restored the Blues’ seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.