Jamie Redknapp has stated that Kevin De Bruyne is among the stand out players in contention for the Player of the Season Award. Many would support him in this, as De Bruyne has had a fantastic season so far. Redknapp went on to say the Belgian is the ‘best Premier League passer’ he’s seen.
De Bruyne has shone in the Premier League since his second spell began in 2015 at Manchester City. The attacking midfielder has scored 31 goals and provided an incredible 62 assists. This season, however, has arguably been his best despite Man City’s disappointing season.
With an unmatched 16 assists, De Bruyne has taken apart almost every opposition. But the show he provides is just as outstanding as the numbers. Practically running the game, there is no doubt that he is the key to City’s attack. The range and style of passing is what makes him such a delight to watch.
It is no surprise, then, that the Belgian is being talked about for Player of the Season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp said:
“There have been some outstanding performances this season. But Kevin De Bruyne has been absolutely outstanding.
“His statistics this year have been his best ever, and if the rest of the City side had been as consistent as him, they’d probably be in contention with Liverpool.
“For me, De Bruyne’s assists and goals really make him stand out for me. His numbers are just far and away better than anyone else’s. If it does go to somebody outside of the Liverpool team, he is the only person you can really mention, because he has been that good, and has shone like a star in that City side at the moment.
“I would say he’s the best Premier League passer I’ve seen, and that’s including David Beckham, Paul Scholes, all of them, because he has the variation of passing.
“If we finish the season, he will break Thierry Henry’s assist record 20.”
De Bruyne has won many accolades with his time at Man City, including 2 Winners medals. Being crowned Playmaker of the Season in 2017/18 was the closest he has got individually.
City had an outstanding season last year, but De Bruyne was not around for a large part, with a knee injury amongst others keeping him in and out of the side. He returned for the end of the season. There were flashes of brilliance, but the spark seemed to be missing. De Bruyne obviously put the work in over the break, because this season has been one of his best.
- 8 Goals
- 16 Assists
- 56.54 passes/game
- 3.7 key passes/game (1st in PL, second has 2.7)
- 2.5 crosses/game (1st in PL)
The 28-year-old recently joked that, after spending just 9 days in quarantine, that he will look to extend his career by 2 years. Let’s hope he does!
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