Kevin De Bruyne’s impressive season has seen him claim many plaudits for his impressive displays under coach Pep Guardiola. The Belgian international has developed his game to become of the most elegant players in the world right now, but just how good is he?
His move to Manchester City didn’t come without criticism and skepticism as many experts believed De Bruyne was not worth his £54million price-tag. His disastrous Chelsea career ended with many feeling he was not one of the games most exceptional young talents.
Guardiola has indeed managed to get the best from De Bruyne over the past two seasons accumulating in 33 assists and 24 goals during that period. The 47-year-old has stated he believes only Lionel Messi stands above the Belgian international as the best player in the world. It could be an argument against De Bruyne, but he’s undoubtedly the best in his position right now.
We feel Guardiola is too modest and that De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world right now, and here are five reasons to back up our argument!
Big game performances:
Last season, De Bruyne produced world-class displays in the first Manchester Derby of the Guardiola-era while also dominating Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium. Assists against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and at City’s home furthered highlighted his importance to the team.
Big goals Champions League goals against Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 gave City their first Champions League semi-final at the fifth attempt. Now, this season De Bruyne scored vital goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, assisted two against Liverpool, scored against Arsenal, ran the game during the victory at Old Trafford while single-handedly destroying Tottenham in December.
There’s no midfielder in world football that contributes to match-winning moments like De Bruyne does for Manchester City.
Sergio Aguero has been the most crucial member of City’s squad for a number of seasons, but De Bruyne’s contribution with dozens of goals and assists now make him the gem in City’s crown. 59 assists and 35 goals in just 142 games make De Bruyne’s number’s genuinely outstanding and utterly mouthwatering for City supporters.
There isn’t a player in the world that is contributing to games as heavily to goals and assists as much as De Bruyne is from midfield. Should this form continue will we plainly see him mentioned in contention with winning a Ballon d’Or crown?
De Bruyne’s technical expertise has seen comparisons drawn between him and former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp. His strength and power combined with his vision make him capable of controlling the game from any position on the field and has done on numerous occasions during City’s title-winning campaign.
Left foot or right foot, De Bruyne can find space and create a chance under any situation. His stunning performances under Guardiola make him capable of controlling the tempo of City’s play which comes as no surprise as the Belgian could win the PFA Player of the Year.