De Bruyne left Stamford Bridge in January 2014, moving to the Bundesliga for a fee of £18 million, earning the Blues almost £11 million worth of profit on the 23-year-old.
Having spent the 2012/13 season with Werder Bremen, the forward returned to West London in the summer of 2013, looking to make an impact under Jose Mourinho. He registered an assist on his full debut for the club - the 2-0 opening day victory over Hull City - but he managed to make just two further Premier League appearances for the Blues, whilst also appearing three times in both the League Cup and Champions League.
With a number of clubs keen on acquiring his services when knowledge of his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge was revealed, it was VfL Wolfsburg who benefited, signing the 26-capped Belgian youngster - who registered three goals and six assists in just 16 appearances following his move last campaign.
He has started his first-full season with the high-flying Bundesliga club in even more impressive form, starting all 11 games as the club sit in second place, just four points off Bayern Munich. He has only scored once in the league, but he registered his ninth assist of the season on Sunday - more than his Chelsea counterparts combined.
Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle are the four members of the playing squad competing for the three attacking positions behind the striker - the same position that De Bruyne has featured in for Die Wolfe. When combined, the attacking threat that the Blues posses have assisted a goal on just four occasions in the league, despite the club scoring 28 goals in just 11 games. Cesc Fabregas does have nine assists to his name, but his deep-lying position would not be under threat from De Bruyne if he were still employed at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea stars are more potent in front of goal, with all four of them netting a combined tally of nine to De Bruyne’s one, but it is a surprise to see the man Mourinho regarded as not good enough for the Blues outperforming the men who have replaced him.