Those who had seen former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne play for Wolfsburg and Belgium last season knew he was set for an impressive World Cup. And so it is proving, as the 22-year-old continues to prove why he is one of the few players Marc Wilmots will always pick when he is fit and available.
Against Russia, De Bruyne had a pass accuracy of 84.4% but it was his regular attacking threat that impressed the most. He played 10 forward passes during a tight game against Fabio Capello's side, of which two led to goal-scoring chances for a teammate; he also had two successful dribbles.
|Pass Accuracy||Key Passes||Forward Passes||Won Contest|
|Kevin De Bruyne||84.4%||2||10||2|
De Bruyne failed to make his mark at Chelsea and was sold to the Bundesliga outfit back in January. But almost immediately he set about proving he was good enough to make it at the top level and ended last season with three goals and seven assists.
For Belgium he looks sprightly and a consistent threat, and one wonders how he would have played behind Diego Costa if he had been granted that chance at Stamford Bridge in the future.
But now Chelsea's loss is Wolfsburg's gain, and after Belgium's 1-0 victory over Russia we took to Twitter to see what fans made of De Bruyne's performance. Below is a selection of what we found:
In 2 years Chelsea fans will watch De Bruyne with a similar sadness to Man Utd fans watching Paul Pogba. Real shame he couldnt find a place— Matthew Clark (@MatthewClark46) June 22, 2014
That De Bruyne run had more positivity and potential than shown in his whole career with Chelsea— Avishek Mullick (@avishekmullick2) June 22, 2014
Great run by De Bruyne, he could have been doing that for Chelsea if we didn't have better players #BEL— Dàrren (@ThyKingdomScum) June 22, 2014
Always rated Kevin De Bruyne. Wish he had more of a chance when he was at Chelsea. Top player....— #TheRareExperience (@MaelstromMT) June 22, 2014
De bruyne is unreal, raw talent. Wish Jose would've utilized him at Chelsea— Adel (@AAbd__) June 22, 2014