Although it could be argued that his price (upwards of £50m) is extreme for a player who has previously flopped in the Premier League, Kevin De Bruyne’s recent form (and ability) means it is a deal worth taking a risk on. Scoring 10 times and assisting 20 goals in 34 appearances for Wolfsburg last season, the Belgian international has flourished in the Bundesliga and is causing Premier League clubs to seriously consider splashing the cash on him. And United fans could use that lift right now, having seen Barcelona’s serial winner Pedro turn the Reds down for rivals Chelsea. The Red Devils have a plethora of talent in midfield but De Bruyne could provide a creative spark to help Wayne Rooney get back to his goalscoring best – whilst getting amongst the goals himself.
Many players could claim to be equally good on either foot, but not many can deliver on that promise aside from the likes of Santi Cazorla (and of course, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo). And there are plenty in the Premier League who are marvellous to watch but increasingly frustrate spectators when they can only operate with one foot – see Mesut Ozil, Jesus Navas, etc. The 24-year-old Belgian is one of a few, and can strike the ball wonderfully with either foot – an incredibly useful attribute in any league, but particularly when up against stringent Premier League defences who close down the opposition before they can switch the ball onto their stronger side.
And that ability to shift the ball onto either foot will provide a wonderful attacking threat for the Red Devils if they could acquire him. Plenty of teams set up with a stern defence against United, and if they could hire a player who can manipulate the ball quickly to pick out a defensive gap or fire a rapid shot on goal to catch the opposition unaware, then they will be much better for it. De Bruyne adds goals and assists, but in addition he can play both centrally and on either flank – this would also provide greater options when considering how to fit Juan Mata and Ashley Young into the side.
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