Chelsea are reportedly close to signing young Belgian winger Kevin De Bruyne from Racing Genk.

 

Not a lot is known about the 20-year-old on these shores, so it has fallen to GMF to assess his qualities and whether he has what it takes to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

 

De Bruyne has been capped twice by Belgium and the Blues have been tracking him for a while, according to what Andre Villas-Boas said.

 

Regardless of whether the Portuguese actually wanted him, it looks as though he will have a promising young wide player in his squad come the summer – reports are suggesting De Bruyne will see out the rest of this season at Genk on loan.

 

So what can the young wide man bring to the Villas-Boas squad?

 

Well, some spectacular goals it would seems; videos of his scoring exploits have done the rounds online and it’s fair to say De Bruyne has got a decent shot on him.

 

He looks as though he can generate quite a lot of power without much back-lift and can do so with either foot. His ability with both feet is part of his deployment on the left – his right is the stronger of the two but possesses sufficient ability on the left to effectively fool opposition defenders.

 

Chelsea’s system is based on a single striker and two wider attackers who have certain defensive duties, a system that most other top teams seem to employ nowadays.

 

De Bruyne could quite easily slot in on either flank and he is probably a more natural winger than the players currently filling the roles at the moment.

 

Daniel Sturridge has been impressive at times, but he has made it no secret that he would prefer to be operating in the central role currently occupied by the severely out-of-form Fernando Torres.

 

You could say the only natural wide attacking player Chelsea have is Florent Malouda, so De Bruyne’s inclusion could add some balance to the side. Juan Mata is currently starting on the left but comes in-field so often it’s clear to see he would much rather play in a central role.

 

The Genk winger does not have blistering pace but is a skilful dribbler and has the ability to beat his marker easily. Although this ability to find space is not consistently backed up with a supply of good crosses, which can become frustrating.

 

Another concern for Chelsea is the apparent lack of physicality in De Bruyne, something that has scuppered the careers of many creative players in the past. The youngster does not possess great strength and can be buffeted too easily at times, causing him to go missing for long periods in games.

Such a trait is easily exploited in the Barclays Premier League and the former Gent trainee would most likely take time to settle in to the English game.

 

Verdict

 

Kevin De Bruyne is obviously a very talented player but his physical attributes could mean he is exposed to bullying tactics when he moves to England.

 

Despite this, he has great technical ability and a thunderbolt of a shot, so expect fireworks when he does eventually arrive. He will likely gain a name for spectacular goals, but could also be an important source of assists as his final ball improves.

 

One for the future really but has the ability to really light up the present – a bargain if Chelsea are getting him for the £6.7million being quoted.

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