Kevin De Bruyne’s terrible opinions in 2015 on the Football Saturday panel have aged terribly
Football Saturday panel on Kevin De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne has been performing at the top level of the Premier League for seven years now, but some members of the Soccer Saturday panel never saw it coming.
The midfielder arrived at Manchester City from Wolfsburg in 2015, his reputation in England partially damaged by a previous disappointing spell at Chelsea.
Still just 24 at the time, Phil Thompson and Paul Merson were far from forgiving when they discussed the £55million fee paid by City for a playmaker who s he has since established himself as one of the most talented and respected players in world football.
Phil Thompson: “The world is going crazy.”
“De Bruyne… my God, Jeff,” ex-Liverpool captain Thompson says, in a clip that has been widely shared in recent days, following the Belgian’s four-goal performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek.
“The world is going crazy, isn’t it? You look at the amount of money they’re paying this boy, it’s just…absolutely insane. He is a good player but is he a great player? For what he’s done, where he’s played… Wolfsburg is a good team, but hey.
Presenter Jeff Stelling then asked Merson if Chelsea were wrong to let De Bruyne leave, after just half a season playing for the Stamford Bridge club under Jose Mourinho.
“I didn’t mean it,” said the former Arsenal player. “I don’t think he did it at Chelsea, I don’t think he had many chances but he wasn’t part of Chelsea’s path at the time and I think that was fine. for him to go.
“If you buy someone for £8m and sell them for a profit of £10m, that’s a no-brainer for me. There are players you see and you think ‘yes’ , but I just don’t see that…I don’t see £50m for that player. I really don’t see it at all.
“And he’s someone who was at the best club in England, Chelsea. Playing there and it didn’t click. He’s played here before, in a top team with top players Honestly, Jeff, I thought that was reading.
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Kevin De Bruyne proves the Soccer Saturday panel wrong.
The clip has made the rounds intermittently throughout De Bruyne’s spell at City and it’s no surprise the 30-year salvo at Wolves has seen him reappear.
It might be a little unfair to criticize the pundits in hindsight, but it’s clear Thompson and Merson didn’t watch De Bruyne during his spell at Wolfsburg, which came between his two Premier League spells.
Meanwhile, he was voted Footballer of the Year by German sports journalists, before sealing his move to City.
Money well spent.
He has since helped the club win three Premier League titles, with a fourth looking very likely in the next two weeks, as well as an FA Cup and five League Cups.
De Bruyne was also voted PFA Team of the Year three times while becoming the first man to win back-to-back PFA Player of the Year since Cristiano Ronaldo did so in 2006/07 and 2007. /08.
One thing missing may be a Champions League medal, but even if he fails to clinch one at the Etihad Stadium, there’s no doubt acquiring De Bruyne was money well spent. by Manchester City.