Ex-Chelsea £17m man: My performance was not very good

Kevin De Bruyne

Former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne says he still has a lot of work to do.

Too impatient to stick it out at Chelsea, Kevin de Bruyne left in January to save his World Cup dream.

Chelsea charged a high price at £17 million, but if Wolfsburg they found a willing buyer, so how has the Belgian been getting on?

Well it's fair to say it has been mixed for the big money signing. It's accurate to state he has more red cards (1) than goals (0) for his new side, but that doesn't tell the entire story.

The attacker has been settling into his new side and proved a creative force, delivering four assists in 11 matches.

One of these came in the 2-1 win over Frankfurt at the weekend, where he started playing on the left of a 4-2-3-1 formation, he improved when moved centrally in the second half which was when he set up the goal for Ivica Olic. It's this which De Bruyne attributes to his mixed start, admitting he prefers to play through the middle, but playing out wide at times is an improvement over sitting on the Chelsea bench or in the stands.

And even taking this into account, De Bruyne is adamant he must do better, and says that despite making three key passes at the weekend, his performance was 'not very good'.

He told the Bundesliga website: "It was better than last week, but it still wasn't good. I'm very self-critical, maybe even my own biggest critic, so I'm never really totally satisfied. I think I can do a lot better, and that's what I'm working on."

The previous game, De Bruyne was sent off for picking up two bookings, so this certainly was an improvement, and showing he is a perfectionist is only going to be a positive in his quest to reach the top.

At Wolfsburg he is at a side who sit fifth in the Bundesliga at present, just one point off the Champions League places. With rivals Leverkusen winning just one of their last six games, their chances of overhauling Sami Hyypia's side are fairly strong.

De Bruyne may be overly critical of himself, but perhaps it's because he has a point to prove after being snubbed by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea during the first half of the season.

His progress will be fascinating to watch over the next year or so, to see if he truly can show the Special One he was wrong not to persist with him and grant him further opportunities.

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