And against Lille on Thursday night the former Genk youngster showcased some of his skill as he scored an astonishing effort from outside the box to equalise for the German side.
Liverpool-bound Lille striker and fellow Belgian Divock Origi had given the visitors the lead, only for De Bruyne to walk on to a clearance from a corner and lash an unstoppable volley past Vincent Enyeama and into the top corner.
As a fresh-faced 20-year-old, big things were expected of De Bruyne after Chelsea paid out £7 million to acquire his services in 2012.
The Belgian star arguably didn't get the chance to show his best while at Stamford Bridge, featuring just 9 times in two seasons on the books of the Blues, mainly as a result of two impressive loan spells, the first while at former club Genk and the second at Werder Bremen. A public falling out with Jose Mourinho signalled the end of the player's Blues career in his short five months playing in London.
Wolfsburg signed the 23-year-old in January this year for £18 million, and De Bruyne helped the Saxony club into the Europa League courtesy of a 5th place finish in the Bundesliga.
The playmaker went on to enjoy a solid World Cup campaign in Brazil with the Red Devils, scoring the opener in the knockout match against the US.
But no goal he has scored can match the phenomenal strike he smacked home against Lille on Thursday night, reminiscent of some of the very best volleyed goals of recent years.