‘A player who would walk into every other team’ – Paul Merson singles out City man for praise
Sky Sports pundit and former footballer Paul Merson has heaped praise on Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne after playing in a City performance he described as an ‘absolute battering’ despite the champions dropping points at home to Spurs at the weekend.
Merson spoke highly of a dominating City, who registered 30 shots during their draw on Saturday evening, and went on to reserve a special mention for De Bruyne – who notched a couple of assists to add to the one he earned last weekend against West Ham – claiming that the Belgian could walk into any team in the world.
Commenting on City’s performance, he said: “It was an absolute battering! And all City will be taking away from that is: there is nothing wrong with us.
“City do not have to tweak anything if they carry on playing like that. You cannot see anybody beating them.”
Merson continued by singling out the performance of De Bruyne, whose sublime first-time assist for Raheem Sterling’s opener was followed by a pinpoint cross for Sergio Aguero to restore City’s advantage.
“Last season, Kevin De Bruyne did not play a lot and they still won the league and now you are talking about a player who would walk into every other team in the league, if not the world.”
The fact that De Bruyne missed a large part of the previous season for City speaks volumes about the heights the team managed to reach without him, and despite a long injury lay-off in 2018/19, his fast start to the current campaign suggests the 28-year-old is already back to his best.
De Bruyne has consistently delivered double figures in terms of assists throughout his career – including securing a Bundesliga record in 2014/15 with Wolfsburg – and with three in the opening two games, the midfielder is showing his worth in a team that nearly conquered all last season, supporting Merson’s claims that he could play anywhere in the world.
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