If Manchester City succeed in winning the Premier League title for a third successive season, it is likely that Kevin De Bruyne will have been particularly influential. His absence throughout 2018/19 told, when Liverpool came so close to denying Pep Guardiola and his team, but the Belgian was crucially available towards the end of the season and has so far excelled in 2019/20. This is particularly significant, with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool having made such a fine start to the season – and with David Silva perhaps finally showing signs of decline.
Of the many millions City have spent in their pursuit of success, there may likely come a time where, alongside David Silva and Sergio Agüero, the £55m spent recruiting De Bruyne will be considered the soundest they have spent. “Kevin sometimes is a special player,” Guardiola, who has worked with many of Europe’s finest players, recently said. “He sees things others cannot see on the pitch, or even off the pitch.”