Kevin de Bruyne: Man City’s Belgian Maestro Rapidly Securing A Place Among The World’s Elite

In a Manchester City side packed to the rafters with world-class talent, it’s often difficult to single out just one player above the rest. There’s the free-scoring Sergio Aguero, the now-deadly Raheem Sterling, as well as the consistently excellent David and Bernardo Silva.

Then there’s the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane that aren’t even regular starters. You could say it’s almost an embarrassment of riches. 

At the heart of it all, however, is Kevin de Bruyne. Unfortunate with injury last term, the all-action Belgian is right back at it this year, picking up where he left off before his knee ligament damage and subsequent issues.

With the Premier League season only four games old, KDB already has a goal and an impressive five assists to his name – bagging two against Tottenham and one each against West Ham, Burnley and Brighton. 

It’s nothing short of what his performances have merited, either, with the playmaker visibly everywhere for Manchester City. His intelligence and commanding nature on the pitch is a true sight to behold – both when driving the team forward and when tracking back and getting stuck in. 

There’s a real case to be made for him being the best player in the division…right now.

And his influence is not simply confined to the Premier League. For Belgium, the midfield maestro is also on red-hot form, bagging a hat-trick of assists and a goal in the recent qualifier against Scotland.

“He’s been very, very good for a long time now,” Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told Sky Sports after the game. “I think he’s in the best moment of his career. This campaign has started with a freshness and real driven feeling of playing at his best and when he does that he’s as good as it gets. 

“There’s no other midfield player that can create space, a playmaker that can execute the passes that he does. It’s a joy to see him fitting into the group.”

It’s an assessment that is hard to argue with right now. Unless you’re Kevin himself, of course, who remains typically grounded on the matter.

“Fortunately, I don’t have to judge that,” he said. “I just have to play well. I’m just content. I’m feeling good. I have already played many matches and am starting to come into my rhythm. That is important, because there are still many games to play.

“When your career is over, you can see what you have done afterwards. But right now, I just want to win competitions. The faster we do that, the better. That can also be very important for the rest of the season.”

It’s clear already that his end-of-career trophy count – at least on a domestic level – will be an impressive one. And if he keeps up this scintillating form? Well, he might just go down as one of the very best.

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