Chelsea completed the signing of Kevin De Bruyne in January for £6.7 million before loaning him back to Genk until the end of the season, putting an end to a year long pursuit of the highly rated winger.
Is the flying winger from Belgium set to be a Premier League star or is he another over-hyped youngster?
De Bruyne is a 20 year old from Belgium who has shot to fame playing for the reigning Belgium Pro League champions Racing Genk. He is primarily a left winger but can also play in a centre attacking midfield position as well as on the right side of midfield.
He is well known in Belgium for his pace, quick feet and excellent delivery. He is not a modern day winger who likes to come instead and link up with the striker but instead, a more traditional winger who ‘hugs the touchline’, beats a man and delivers crosses. A dying breed in the modern game but a more valuable asset than some clubs assume.
He enjoyed an excellent season at Genk during their title winning campaign in 2010-11, scoring 5 times and contributing 16 assists in 32 appearances. During the current campaign De Bruyne has scored 7 times and contributed 4 assists in 18 matches.
During his 3 and half seasons at Genk the 20 year old has made 80+ appearances scoring 15 goals and providing 24 assists.
Considering the lads age and the low transfer fee paid by Chelsea I think the De Bruyne transfer could be a great coup for the West Londoners and was an understated transfer during the window.
He has experience of winning a title, playing in the Champions League and being a regular in a side with expectations.
Granted the pressures are nothing alike and the Premier League is a completely different animal compared to the Belgium league but this lad has talent and what seems to be a good attitude which will stand him in good stead for the challenge.
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