Now that the wheeling and dealing of deadline day in the transfer window are over, we can reflect on some of the business completed over the summer. Signings have had over a month to settle into their new squads and begin to gel with their colleagues and we can now start to see which financial gambles have paid off, and who has perhaps not fulfilled their expectations.
One of the most prolific transfer sagas of the summer centred around ex-Wolfsburg and now Manchester City man Kevin De Bruyne, with the Citizen’s interest being made publicly known from the get go.
The 2014/15 Bundesliga runners-up played hard ball for what seemed like months before finally accepting a bid for the Belgian, reported to be in the region of £55 million (including add-ons), an offer which they described as “astonishing”. With such a huge price tag on the 24-year-old’s shoulders, he could ill afford to do anything but impress his new employers and supporters.
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Luckily for the Citizens, the attacking midfielder has hit the ground running and already dispelled some of the doubters and pundits alike with some scintillating performances in only a handful of appearances for Pellegrini’s men.
De Bruyne is quickly becoming a fans' favourite at the Etihad with his irresistible attacking flair, eye for a pass and clinical finishing when given an opportunity. The Belgian international, and last seasons’ Bundesliga Player of the Year, has injected some much needed youth into the ageing City side and his energy and risk-taking in the attacking third is refreshing to watch.
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Exciting times for City
His developing partnership with David Silva and Sergio Aguero is enough to leave fans of the blue side of Manchester salivating and City will hope that he can begin to give them an edge in Europe, not just domestically.
De Bruyne’s stats make for pleasant viewing, too. In four Premier League appearances, he has scored three times and added two assists. With City talisman Aguero starting to discover some frightening form, it will be De Bruyne’s passing statistics that please City fans the most with the attacker maintaining a pass completion of 78% and making just over 3 key passes per game, via whoscored.com.
City will be hoping that this will take some of the pressure for assists off the often relied upon David Silva and, looking to the future, provides something of an apprentice to the Spaniard who is reaching the twilight of his career.
Kevin De Bruyne’s early form would suggest that the lofty sum paid for him is justified and Premier League opposition will already dread the thought of trying to stop what was already a formidable City attacking force. The fans will be hoping that his form continues and that he will help the Blue’s challenge on all fronts this season.
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