PHOTO: De Bruyne starts life at Wolfsburg - will Chelsea miss him?

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgium international has completed a £17 million switch to the Bundesliga side after a protracted transfer saga.

Kevin De Bruyne

 

Kevin De Bruyne’s future has well and truly been up in the air for the last six months, with the Belgium international struggling to get time on the pitch at Chelsea.

The talented winger was keen for first-team football and as such has completed a £17 million switch to Wolfsburg in Germany. There was talk that the former Genk man could well head to the Bundesliga on loan, but the permanent deal seems well suited to all parties.

Chelsea clearly recognised De Bruyne’s talent and were keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge back in 2012, but the 22-year-old only made three Premier League appearances for the Blues.

A loan spell at Werder Bremen further enhanced the attacker’s reputation, and there is no doubt that given more time on the pitch for Jose Mourinho’s men, De Bruyne could have been a star.

The Belgian is obviously concerned about his place at the World Cup and has opted to move as a result, but will Chelsea ever look back and regret parting company with him?

The west London side have recently brought Nemanja Matic back to Stamford Bridge, and there is certainly an argument to suggest that De Bruyne has all the ability and potential to turn into a star in Germany and leave the Blues wondering why they let him go.

In their attacking midfield trident, Oscar and Eden Hazard are mainstays in two of the three positions, but Mourinho is yet to find a third attacking midfielder or winger that he consistently selects.

Chelsea are unlikely to miss De Bruyne in the short term however, as the likes of Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle and Willian will still fight for a starting berth.

However, despite the Blues making a considerable profit on the transfer fee they paid to Genk for De Bruyne, it feels like the player was not given a full chance to show just what he is capable of in the Premier League.

image: © Erik Daniel Drost

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