Kevin De Bruyne
City thrash Palace!
Manchester City thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 last weekend to move up to third place in the Premier League. City scored their fastest goal of the season when David Silva scored after only two minutes. The score stayed at 1-0 until the second half which is when City ran riot! Kevin de Bruyne crossed for Vincent Kompany to score in the 49th-minute and then De Bruyne nearly scored when he was unfortunate to hit the crossbar with a free kick. With his next chance, however, De Bruyne hit the target with a shot from the edge of the area to make it 3-0 to City. Raheem Sterling made it 4-0, and in the final minute De Bruyne set up Nicolas Otamendi for the fifth.
Kevin was excellent today. He was unlucky to hit the bar. I think that's the tenth time it's happened this season.
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager.
Is Kevin king of the assists?
Kevin De Bruyne got two more assists to his name in the win over Crystal Palace. He set up the second goal for Vincent Kompany and crossed for Nicolas Otamendi to head home the fifth. De Bruyne now has fifteen assists this season, more than any other player in the Premier League. It is also the most assists, in one season, for any Manchester City player in the history of the Premier League. The only other players to be in double figures for assists this season are Christian Eriksen (12) at Tottenham and Gylfi Sigurdsson (12) at Swansea City.
Big win! Enjoy your weekend! pic.twitter.com/6MRV6IDfC2— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) May 6, 2017
Who is Kevin De Bruyne?
Kevin De Bruyne was born in June 1991, in Drongen, a small town in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. He speaks Dutch, French and English fluenty! His mother was born in Burundi and spent her childhood growing up in London, so De Bruyne could have played international football for England or Burundi, but he chose Belgium and considers himself to be 100% Belgian. De Bruyne has over 30 caps for Belgium and played in the 2014 World Cup, he is a key member of the Belgian team for this summer's European Championships in France. De Bruyne started his professional career with Genk and won the Belgian League and Cup. In 2012, De Bruyne signed for Chelsea but was sent on loan to Werder Bremen in Germany and only made 3 appearances for the London club. He made a permanent move to Germany in 2014 when he went to Wolfsburg for £18 million. In June 2015, De Bruyne was named Footballer of the Year in Germany. In August 2015, he became Manchester City's record signing and the second most expensive signing in British transfer history, when City paid a reported £55 million for him.
"I had talks with PSG, but finally decided to join Manchester City, I saw them as a better option. I am very happy to have made that decision". Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City.
Who will Pep Guardiola keep next season?
The Manchester City, manager, Pep Guardiola, is one of the most successful managers in modern-day football, he won 14 major trophies as Barcelona manager and won 5 major trophies with Bayern Munich. This season will be a dissappointment for Guardiola as it will be his first season as a manager without winning a major trophy and probably the first time a Guardiola team will finish outside the top two in the league table. Guardiola is sure to continue to change the style of City's play and the club will be linked with players from all over Europe. Could we see some players from Barcelona or Bayern Munich arriving at City? What about Antoine Griezmann from Athletico Madrid? Will Yaya Toure still be at the club next season? Will Guardiola build a team around Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus? Whatever happens, this summer will be another summer of change at City!
Did you know...?
- Kevin De Bruyne has his own clothing label called 'KDB'. Part of the profits go to charities for people with disabilities.
- In 2014/15, De Bruyne made more assists than any other player in the top five European Leagues.
- His football hero as a child was Liverpool's Michael Owen.
- As a child he often spent holidays in London.
What do you think?
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne has more assists than any other Premier League player this season.
- Do you think he deserves more recognition this season? How important is creativity for a footballer?
Has Pep Guardiola's first season as Manchester City manager been a success?
Who do you think City might buy this summer?