He doesn’t need much introduction
Kevin De Bruyne is undoubtedly the best-attacking midfielder in the English Premier League and there are facts to prove my assertion. The 28-Year-old Belgian international who was shipped out by Jose Mourinho while playing for Chelsea in the 2011/12 football season has blossomed into a complete midfielder ever since.
Signed by Manchester City from German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on the 30th of August 2015 at a then club-record fee of £55 million, the multilingual player stock has risen in the past four seasons under manager Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola. Simply unplayable when he is in full flight, the midfield general his renown for killer passes and can thread a pass through the eye of a needle.
Kevin De Bruyne played 25 games in his first season with Manchester City. He finished the 2015/16 season with 7 goals and 9 assists. He continued his red hot form in the 2016/17 football season, where he played 55 games and scored 7 goals. In that season, he provided 23 assists.
The Belgian who can score with his right and left foot, and is also good with set-pieces, was not yet done with goals and assist. In the 2017/2018 football season, Kevin De Bruyne played 62 matches (the highest in a single season since he joined City), and he scored an impressive 14 goals and provided 25 assists.
That was the season where Manchester City won all four domestic trophies available and created quite some records. It was indeed a good season for the man nicknamed “The assist Master”. In the 2018/2019 football season, he experienced an injury-ravaged season but still managed to feature in 24 games while scoring 6 goals and providing 11 assists. The young Belgian has also replicated his goal-scoring and assist record for his Belgium national team- The Red Devils.
In a Euro 2020 qualifier between Belgium and host Scotland played at the Hampden Park in September last year, Kevin De Bruyne was in devastating form. In the space of 30 minutes, he provided 3 assists to ensure Belgium inflict a 4-0 defeat on their host.
Stats don’t Lie
Paul Pogba of Manchester United and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal have often been compared and even rated ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, but stats indeed don’t lie. A close look at the stats from the official English Premier League website will show who the best midfielder of the Premier League is.
Kevin De Bruyne has made 146 appearances for City, with 31 goals and 62 assists. He has made 54 passes per match and created 87 big chances from those passes.
Paul Pogba of Manchester United has made 63 passes per match and created 19 big chances from those passes.
Mesut Ozil of Arsenal has made 184 appearances, scoring 33 goals and making 54 assists. He has made 60 passes per match and created just 65 big chances from those passes.
Breaking Thierry Henry’s record
The Belgian is just shy of 4 more assists to equal Thierry Henry’s assist record in the current season that has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. He still has the chance to equal and even surpass the French legend’s record with just 10 games more to go. The possibility is there and Kevin De Bruyne is capable of doing the impossible, just like he did when providing the assist to Gabriel Jesus to help Manchester City reach the Centurion points in the 2018/2019 football season with the last kick of the game.
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