Is Kevin De Bruyne the best midfielder in the Premier League?
Manchester City completed a £55 million deal for Wolfsburg and former Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne back in August 2015. Questions were immediately asked on whether José Mourinho had made a mistake when he let the young Belgium international leave Stamford Bridge in January 2014.
De Bruyne scored 10 goals and provided 20 assists in his only full season at the German club in the 14/15 season, at the time Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini clearly saw a player that could take his side to the next level and help them compete with Europe’s top clubs. Now with De Bruyne back in the Premier League and settled at Manchester City, he only seems to be getting better and better each season.
The Belgian had a promising first season at Manchester City, scoring 7 goals and assisting 9 in the League. He then stepped up another level the following season, finishing top in the league for assists with 18 and scoring 6 goals himself under the new management of Pep Guardiola. De Bruyne has become a key player for Man City and Belgium over the past 2 years and he has shown that he has all the attributes to become one of the world’s best midfielders.
In fact, it could be argued that De Bruyne is now the best central midfielder in the Premier League because of his all-round ability. He has the shooting, passing and dribbling skills that are vital for any creative midfielder in world football. He can put in a wicked cross and is lethal from a dead-ball situation, whether that be a direct or in-direct free-kick.
With such a vast array of talent available to Pep Guardiola, De Bruyne has recently been deployed in a deeper role in the midfield for Manchester City alongside the often unnoticed Fernandinho, to allow the likes of David Silva, Leroy Sané etc to get forward. De Bruyne played in this deeper role on Saturday, scoring a superb winning goal in a 1-0 away win against his old side Chelsea.
It appears that De Bruyne is determined to win his first Premier League title with Manchester City and with him pulling the strings in midfield, it is likely that he will soon be well known as the best midfielder in the League, and that a Premier League winners medal is not far away for the talented Belgian.