Kevin De Bruyne Merits All Praise He Gets Due To His Desire To Succeed

Kevin De Bruyne Merits All Praise He Gets Due To His Desire To Succeed
Apr 16, 2016

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Manchester City dismantled disgraced champions Chelsea 3-0 on Saturday and, despite Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick, Kevin De Bruyne was the man who got everyone talking due to his equally as stellar display.

It could be argued this was going to happen anyway. De Bruyne is of course one of the figureheads, alongside Juan Mata, where Chelsea supporters show discontent to the best manager in their history. Why were these huge talents sold? And perhaps more importantly: why have they not been adequately replaced?

Mata was a fans’ favourite at Stamford Bridge having won the Player of the Year award twice on the trot whereas De Bruyne was considered the young gem who was tossed aside before he was given a chance.

Both of these players were dismissed for the same reason. Mourinho, a man who prides himself on work ethic, felt that neither the Spaniard nor the Belgian pulled their weight in training or were willing to help out on defensive work. One of these creative midfielders responded to this criticism, another not so much.

De Bruyne signed for unfashionable but wealthy Wolfsburg in January 2014, who were then 5th in the Bundesliga table after finishing 11th the season before, and had a slow start – scoring just three goals in his 16 appearances for Die Wolfe. This was two years after he netted 10 in 33 for fellow German outfit Werder Bremen.

The 2014-15 season was where he really kicked on, though. De Bruyne got his first full campaign for Wolfsburg and repaid the every penny of his £18 million pound fee and more so.

He notched 16 goals, made 27 assists and was named the German Footballer of the Year. A few months later he joined Manchester City for an eye watering £55 million – a club record for the Citizens.

Manchester United’s playmaker, Mata, has not been awful since his move away from west London, not by a long shot, but by the same adage he has not kicked on like De Bruyne has either. He has not dragged United to victories when the going gets tough or when the rest of his side under-perform and he is not mentioned in the same breath as the best number 10 in the Premier League to rival Mesut Ozil like De Bruyne is.

This season alone, De Bruyne outshines his cross-city adversary at everything.

The 24-year-old has scored six goals compared to Mata’s five, made nine assists whereas Mata has set-up just four goals and ‘KDB’ has made 62 key passes and created 71 chances while the ex-Valencia player obtains just 42 and 47 respectively, even though he has played 11 more games and 784 more minutes than De Bruyne.

City made it through to their first ever Champions League semi-final thanks to their record signing too – De Bruyne scored in both legs of the quarter-final against PSG, first with a crucial away goal in Paris and then back home in Manchester he rifled in a spectacular winner to make history. Some will also debate that without his two-month injury lay-0ff with a knee injury, he may have even scooped up an end-of-season gong for a fantastic year back in England.

There is one simple reason why De Bruyne is better than Mata, and most other players in the world, and it is through sheer force of will and it could be argued without being kicked to the kerb by Mourinho, he would not be the player he is now.

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