Jamie Redknapp makes Kevin De Bruyne claim in 367-word verdict on Man City star
Jamie Redknapp is the latest to issue a glowing verdict on Kevin De Bruyne and his form for Manchester City.
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Jamie Redknapp has dubbed Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne ‘one of the best’ players in Premier League history.
De Bruyne has been crucial for City again in their title race, most recently playing an instrumental role in the Citizens’ crucial win over Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s men are now on course to win the title thanks to the win over the Gunners, and indeed their win over Fulham over the weekend.
City have been in superb form over recent weeks, and De Bruyne has once again been indispensible, as he has been during the success the club has managed over recent years.
And after that breathtaking performance against Arsenal, when De Bruyne netted twice, Sky Sports pundit Redknapp has writted 367 words on why the midfielder is one of the best to play in the Premier League.
“It’s tough, I’m going to be talking about family because there’s never going to be a better goalscoring Premier League midfielder than Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard was Roy of the Rovers, Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, all brilliant players,” Redknapp wrote on Sky Sports.
“But I just feel with all his attributes, I’ve never seen anyone pass the ball so beautifully. His football IQ, the way he sees gaps and threads through passes with such pinpoint accuracy, I haven’t seen it before. The goals he scores, he’s a beautiful striker of the ball; for me, he’s the greatest. A lot of people talk about Paul Scholes, and they’ve got a very similar way they see the game - he wasn’t blessed with blistering pace, he wasn’t the most mobile. But his brain was just so good, and when you had to play against him he’d challenge you in so many different ways.
“If you gave him space he’d hit a 30-yard cross-field pass, if you got too tight he’d play little one-twos around you. That’s the same with Gerrard and Lampard. All these players had these attributes that made them great, but Kevin De Bruyne has all of them. His football brain and IQ make him No 1 for me, and hopefully we can find a little bit more about what makes him tick because every young footballer should watch him and the way he plays in midfield.
“When he has the ball, it doesn’t matter if he’s at full pelt or the game is slow, he always manages to find the right pass. I always remember Steven Gerrard, the first thing that stood out to me the first time I trained with him was his speed. He had this amazing pace over 10 or 15 yards which not many midfielders possess.
“He didn’t look like he was going that fast because he had ‘10 to 2’ feet, a little bit like De Bruyne has, but he’s so quick. The goal he scored the other day, he burst away from Thomas Partey and went past Rob Holding and hit this breathtaking inside of the foot finish. It was him at his blistering best. Right now, he’s the best midfield player in the world.”