As the shores of greater Manchester beckon Kevin De Bruyne, the question arises as to why exactly was the Belgian winger so heavily sought after by the blue half of the city during the ongoing transfer window.
Cash rich Manchester City are almost set to snap up De Bruyne for a potential transfer fee of £50 million which is staggering to say the least.
If the deal does go through then it will beat City’s pound £49 million transfer deal made for Raheem Sterling from Liverpool earlier this year.
Who exactly is Kevin De Bruyne?
For the uninformed, De Bruyne (24) plies his wares as an attacking mid-fielder for VFL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga and is touted as the next big thing (that is what Manchester City have made us to believe so far!) in world football.
Of course such predictions can also turn out to be short-sighted and who knows City’s boastfulness over the Belgian may turn out to be nothing more than hot air.
But then again as in the big wide world of professional football anything is possible with fortunes fluctuating as rapidly as Wall Street shares.
This will be De Bruyne’s seventh year at the top-level with City being his potential sixth club.
Though he did have an impressive start to his career in the Belgian League with Genk (14 goals in 84 appearances from 2008-12), he shuttled between three unproductive loan spells at first Chelsea (2012-14) then Genk (he returned for another spell in 2012) and finally Werder Bremen (2012-13) which yielded mixed results.
Just as to when things started to look really bleak for the frustrated De Bruyne, Wolfsburg came calling in 2013-14.
The £18 million move to the Bundesliga club turned around De Bruyne’s fortunes as he fired them to a surprise second spot in the league table during the 2014-15 season and thus established his name as a top drawer talent.
Highlights of that season included a brace against Bayern Munich at home (The Volkswagen Arena) which condemned the eventual champions to a 4-1 defeat.
De Bruyne was also instrumental in the club’s run to the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to a brace against Inter Milan in the Round of 16 before they lost to Napoli in the quarter-final.
And a golden year was capped off with a goal in the DFB-Pokal (The German Cup) final against Borussia Dortmund in Berlin which helped Wolfsburg claim a superb 3-1 win.
One season wonder?
The start of the 2015-16 season proved that De Bruyne was definitely not a one-season wonder as Wolfsburg once again humbled Bayern Munich, this time in the DFL Super Cup.
After assisting Nicklas Bendtner in a late equalizer, De Bruyne also scored in the ensuing penalty shoot-out win thus adding another feather to his list of achievements.
That game proved that De Bruyne had the necessary game to slug it out with the big boys of German football and made him hot property during the ensuing transfer season.
Time to banish the ‘Blues’
Though it is definitely too early to predict as to whether the Belgian will find it easy to adapt his game to the more hustling and demanding rigors of the English League, still his form in the Bundesliga only suggests as to how talented the 24-year-old really is.
Of course the horrid loan-spell at Chelsea definitely cannot be counted as a factor since De Bruyne is a much more complete and advanced player since those gloomy days at Stamford Bridge.
From what started out as a disaster of a loan-spell at Stamford Bridge, the time may be ripe for De Bruyne to prove his worth at Manchester and banish those memories once and for all.
So with Manchester City all but ready to grab his signature in the coming few days, the Premier League may be about to witness one of the brightest talents world football has to offer in recent times.
Ten goals and 21 assists in a single Bundesliga season is definitely no joke of a statistic for a play-maker and with the likes of Samir Nasri, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure in tow for De Bruyne to co-ordinate with, 2015-16 may very well be City’s season to talk about.
High time De Bruyne banished those ‘Blues’!