In the world of football, we have seen many times when a particular player doesn’t get enough opportunities at a big club and then seeks a move away. Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Alvaro Morata, Mohamed Salah, all of them had two things in common; One – they all had huge potential; Two – they were ignored by their original clubs. But one player that made his former club suffer the most is undoubtedly Kevin De Bruyne.
As soon as De Bruyne left Chelsea for Wolfsburg it seemed like he was set free into the wild. He ran rampant in the German league and added insult to injury for Chelsea with his every touch. The flying Belgian made huge leaps, especially in the 2014/15. He became one of the hottest prospects in Europe. He finished the season with 10 goals and a league-record 21 assists. He played a huge part in Wolfsburg’s qualification for Europe. And also helped them bring a trophy home after scoring in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final.
His incredible performances during the season tempted Manchester City to cough up £55 million to bring him back to the Premier League. And De Bruyne seemed at home ever since he set foot onto the pitch in the English League. He did not need any time to settle and hit the ground running. He is doing exceptionally well for the Citizens and he is crucial to their progress in the Champions League and Premier League this season. Guardiola seems to have struck a good understanding with De Bruyne and he is repaying his manager with every outing.
Despite not being able to haunt his former club when Chelsea dominated Manchester City 3-1 last Saturday, De Bruyne still looks like the spark that can rekindle Guardiola’s men, who have been struggling for form of late.
The Belgian will be licking his lips at the chance to showcase his talents on the biggest stage in the Champions League as Manchester City were this morning drawn against Monaco, a competition which the 24-year old has been so impressive in for City, including a spectacular free kick against Barcelona on that memorable night.
His statistics since returning to the Premier League display why current Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, described it as ‘a pity’ that he left Stamford Bridge. 19 goals and 21 assists in 60 games for City is an impressive record, to say the least, winning 13 Man of the Match awards in his time and have only lost 1 of the 24 matches that they have played when the brilliant Belgian has started.
In conclusion, Kevin De Bruyne has gone from a Chelsea outcast who was only good for warming the bench to a superstar and one of the most talented players on the planet in just over 3 years. Maybe this transformation will make Chelsea think a little bit harder before they let their youngsters leave in the future.