Kevin de Bruyne offered Chelsea an indication of what they are missing by scoring an absolute stunner for Wolfsburg in their Europa League draw with Lille on Thursday evening.
De Bruyne scored the equaliser for Wolfsburg after Lille had taken the lead through Divock Origi, on loan from Liverpool for the season, and it was a goal to savour for the young Belgium international.
Origi had broken the deadlock from the penalty spot after 77 minutes but De Bruyne had Wolfsburg back on terms shortly afterwards, with the former Chelsea winger striking an unstoppable volley from outside the opposition area.
De Bruyne was stationed on the edge of the Lille box as his team had a corner and, after the ball broke loose, he met the dipping clearance perfectly and his shot screamed past Vincent Enyeama and into the top corner.
The 23-year-old left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in a €20 million deal during the January transfer window, having initially begun last season in Jose Mourinho’s first choice XI.
However, what had was a promising career at Stamford Bridge quickly began to unravel with the Chelsea manager publicly questioning De Bruyne’s endeavour and commitment, which led to the player pursuing a move away.
De Bruyne made only three appearances for Chelsea having signed for the club from Genk, where he had established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.