UPDATE of previous article:
Manchester City have completed the signing of De Bruyne for £58m.
Last season, many Man City and Premier League fans noted that bar Aguero, the ageing City squad lacked the energy, pace and desire to really compete with Chelsea.
With the additions of Delph and Sterling, Pellegrini has addressed these concerns. Delph’s determined midfield performances earned him an England call-up and the young Sterling has pace and energy in abundance.
So why do Man City need De Bruyne?
Manchester City lack a playmaker that provides assists. Someone just like Kevin De Bruyne.
With 8 assists, Jesus Navas was Man City’s top assist provider last season. This was still fewer however than the top playmakers at 4 of the other top 5 clubs last season; Chelsea (Fabregas – 18), Arsenal (Cazorla – 11), Man United (Di Maria 10 assists), Liverpool (Henderson 9 assists).
David Silva is currently City’s key playmaker and with 7 assists and 12 goals, he contributed his fair share.
However, many Premier League fans will know that Silva is fantastic at beginning a move, making the pass that leads to the assist and scoring goals from midfield. Providing assists is not the biggest part of his game.
In Silva’s 5 seasons in the Premier League, only once has he managed more than 10 assists (15 in 2011/12)
With a total of 25 assists last season, De Bruyne has developed into a top playmaker and the assist king (sorry Ozil) at Wolfsburg.
With a successful playmaking partnership with Silva, the link up play between them would cause problems for any team. The pace and drive of Sterling and Aguero up front provides the perfect opportunity for De Bruyne to expand on his already very impressive assist tally and for Silva to focus on what he does best.
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