Why Kevin de Bruyne is the key to Manchester City’s title aspirations

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Prior to the summer, Kevin de Bruyne was considered one of Europe’s hottest young prospects and had been linked with moves to a number of the continent’s top clubs.

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Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City paid over £50 million to sign him and what a decision that was. Now, he is no longer considered to be a top prospect. He is recognised as a top player.

De Bruyne has matured into a world-class footballer and the Belgium international could play a key role as City hunt a third Premier League title in five seasons. In the early part of the campaign, De Bruyne has been influential from attacking midfield, scoring a number of goals as well as assisting his team-mates. If he continues at this rate, he will be one of the first names on Manuel Pellegrini’s team-sheet for years to come.

At the time of writing, Manchester City are top of the table and are priced at 10/11 to win the title in bet365’s Premier League betting markets. Pellegrini’s men are playing incredibly well and have raised their game after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign. Pellegrini’s men wasted no time in the summer transfer window, signing De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Nicolas Otamendi and England international Raheem Sterling.

While the latter has shown glimpses of quality in the opening stages of the season, De Bruyne has hit the ground running and has really stepped up to the plate after the injury to Sergio Aguero. City are lacking a potent threat at the spearhead of the attack but the Belgium international has slotted in comfortably as a ‘false nine’ upfront. De Bruyne’s versatility and intelligence are two of his greatest traits, and he can adapt to play in a number of positions.

If Aguero is out for a sustained period, City will rely on De Bruyne’s goals and influence from midfield. If Pellegrini’s men are going to challenge for the title this season, they will need their flair players to perform. Sterling, De Bruyne and Yaya Toure are incredible talents and, if these stars play at their very best, it is difficult to see anybody beating City to the crown.

De Bruyne may be the best attacking midfielder in the world and he is set for an increased role in City’s attack. The Belgian was one of Europe’s top stars last year and he has continued that form in the Premier League. If he improves even further, he may earn the same level of plaudits as David Silva in City’s sparkling attack. In fact, Silva, Sterling and De Bruyne are likely to dominate England’s top flight when they are all back to full fitness.