The midfielder has been criticised after Chelsea managed just one point from two games last week.
Makelele insists Kante just needs time to settle before fans see his best: "It is a position where it is difficult to play.
"He must be a leader. He must work with his teammates in midfield.
"I like N'Golo Kanté, but is he better than me in this? I do not know. He still needs time to fully learn the job, to learn about football. He is a young player I really like, and I hope he will be better at what I was not."