Another assist, former Chelsea man De Bruyne stars again for Wolfsburg

Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne impressed again for Wolfsburg at the weekend.

Chelsea may have willingly let Kevin de Bruyne go this January, but surely there were not many fans who were in doubt of his talent.

Due to the competition for positions, De Bruyne's unwillingness to wait in light of the World Cup, and a personality clash with Jose Mourinho saw the club cash in on him by selling him to Wolfsburg.

Since moving to the club, the Belgian has had an impressive start - but his performance in the away win over Hertha Berlin at the weekend was his best Bundesliga appearance in four matches since joining.

De Bruyne shone in midweek in the German Cup win against Hoffenheim, providing an assist for the winner - and he created another goal on Sunday.

The 22-year-old played in the central playmaker position, and once again it was the winning goal he laid on this time in a 2-1 win, setting up an opening for substitute Daniel Caligiuri to score the decisive goal.

It was De Bruyne's first Bundesliga assist since he returned to Germany, where he impressed on loan with Werder Bremen last season.

While the only key pass he made all game, De Bruyne showcased his fancy footwork throughout, completing nine successful dribbling attempts - as many as the rest of his team's midfielders and forwards combined.

Seemingly now an automatic pick, as you may expect from a club record signing, De Bruyne is on track to start re-invoking his claim for a place at this summer's World Cup, a hope which appeared to be flagging at Chelsea.

Another notable performance came from the consistent Swiss international left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, who has been linked to Chelsea as a replacement for Ashley Cole.

Rodriguez provided Wolfsburg's assist for their first goal, and made six tackles and three interceptions; on both counts more than any player on the pitch.

image: © Erik Daniel Drost

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