Kevin De Bruyne went a huge distance from being an impatient Belgian talent who displayed the reported lack of attitude and commitment at Stamford Bridge during his Chelsea spell to becoming the most important player in Pep Guardiola’s title-charging Manchester City side.
In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
His transformation from an exciting young talent into a key asset and one of the Premier League’s best footballers is nothing short of impressive.
De Bruyne’s impressive exploits this season included a winner against his old team back in October when Belgian showed Chelsea what they’re missing with his impressive strike. Jose Mourinho is said to have believed De Bruyne did not have the attitude to be a big hit player under his guidance but De Bruyne’s current form demonstrates the Portuguese could not have been further away from the truth.
Chelsea had been in a difficult position during De Bruyne’s stay with them as Mourinho had the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar just signed in and his standing point could have been rather valid, however.
Mourinho initially sent De Bruyne out on loan before selling him on permanent deal thus only doing the talented Belgian a huge favour and it can now be concluded that Kevin De Bryne simply came to Chelsea at the wrong time.
A Change of Fortune
De Bruyne went on to impress first on loan at Werder Bremen and next at Wolfsburg where he made the strong name for himself an alerted Manchester City who grabbed him in 2015.
Two years down the line, Kevin De Bruyne is given plenty of freedom to express himself and is enjoying huge backing from his boss Pep Guardiola. The Belgium international, in his own part, is repaying the trust with mind-blowing performances.
The latest of them all – against Leicester City – saw Kevin De Bruyne score a goal in the 2-0 victory which at the same time was the 50th goal the Belgian has been involved in during his 76 appearances for Manchester City.
De Bruyne reached this important milestone quicker than any other midfielder in the history of the Premier League and it’s fair to say that it only puts him one step closer to touching the heights of the Premier League legends such as Steven Gerrard or Roy Keane.
De Bruyne has thus far bagged 16 goals for the Citizens ever since his £55 million move from Bundesliga, while the Belgian also added 34 assists.
Premier League Player Of the Year?
He’s been an outstanding performer for Manchester City this term and has been quite deservedly installed as the outright favourite to win the Premier League Player of the Year at 4/9 betting odds.
The right-footed midfielder is brimming with confidence and currently looks unstoppable. He is running riot in the Premier League with his technical ability and unpredictability in play, whereas it’s his ability to score with both feet that stands as his most intimidating trait.
Naturally a right-footed footballer, Kevin De Bruyne has been compared to the great David Beckham for his ability to kick ball with his right, whereas the very fact he scored three of his four goals this season with his ‘weaker’ left foot is remarkable.
Kevin De Bruyne’s modest tone and innocent look on his face do not go in accordance with his growing reputation of a superstar. He might look like one on the football pitch, but he hardly acts like one off the field and that is another feature of his that makes him not only a great footballer but a great man as well.
A Modest Star
The Belgium international once again struck a modest tone when asked to comment on his milestone following the Leicester win, and De Bruyne was more than happy to give credit to his teammates.
“It’s not about me. It’s about how the team plays and the way the team is playing now makes it easier for me.”, De Bruyne commented.
The way Manchester City are playing has indeed been the subject of intense scrutiny and analysis. Pep Guardiola seems to have finally found his winning formula following the first trophyless season in his managerial career.
Led by incredible Kevin De Bruyne, the Citizens are on a mission to reward their boss with some silverware and thank him for turning them into a lethal goal-scoring machine.
And judging by hte early looks of it, they will succeed in it.
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