Kevin de Bruyne, seemingly on his way to Chelsea, has played around 92 games for Genk as has scored 13 and made 25 goals in that time, and has also had a bout glandular fever and a serious leg injury since forcing his way into the team as a teenager. De Bruyne was a major force (five goals, 16 assists) in the team’s push to the title last season. Despite his relative inexperience, he’s often been in the media spotlight and was close to signing for Chelsea in the summer.
De Bruyne is two-footed and has spent his entire Genk career on the left wing, where his pace, strength and football brain have combined to make him a major asset. His coach Mario Been has said in the past that he expects more from De Bruyne than he does from the other players; and Kevin has rarely let him down.
He’s often been in the media spotlight and was close to signing for Chelsea in the summer.
Strangely, De Bruyne has rarely played for the Belgian youth sides and has so far received only two caps for Belgium, due to strong competition for wing positions in the Belgium team with Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Moussa Dembélé and Nacer Chadli all in with a shout. De Bruyne’s time will come though and he once said he preferred to operate just behind the main striker, a position he played in his youth team days.
AVB recently likened De Bruyne to Enzo Scifo, which for me is a poor comparison. I see more of a young Gareth Bale in the Genk winger; or rather as the Welsh winger was before taking out a gym membership. For the last word, we should go back to his current coach, Mario Been. He warned De Bruyne about thinking only of a move to a big club at a young age; he reasoned that some players – perhaps with Romelu Lukaku in mind – did that only to rot on the bench, which is perhaps why Chelsea are said to be loaning him back to Genk for the rest of the season.
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