Commuters on a Southern Rail train last week were shocked that it ran on time for the first occasion in seven years.
Remarkably, the train’s unexpected good performance appears to have been caused by N’Golo Kanté sitting in the corner of Carriage F by the luggage rack.
Chelsea midfielder Kanté took the 7:18 from Brighton to London after visiting friends on the south coast.
Tom Wilson, a 44-year-old solicitor who has taken this train almost every day for the past 15 years says:
“I have never known anything like it. The train was rumbling along, and I was thinking it was much quieter in the carriage than usual.
“I realised they hadn’t played any of the usual automated messages saying ‘We’re sorry to announce that this service is delayed'”.
The train arrived into London Bridge station 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Many of the commuters opted to take a break to drink a coffee in an unusually warm patch of sunshine that followed the train all the way from Brighton.
Kanté, who is on course to take his second Premier League title in a row with his new club Chelsea, has never in his life been on a train or plane that was late.
His ability to perform perfectly and make everything around him operate like clockwork appears to be the cause of this remarkable fact.
We asked Wilson, who is a Chelsea fan, what Kanté was like, as he booked the seat next to him:
“Huh? Kanté sat next to me on the train?
“I was on Facebook the whole time posting updates about my commute. Oh yeah, now you mention it there was this short guy to my right sitting there quietly.
“I didn’t really notice him to be honest.”
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