Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne became the first Man City player to be honored by the Professional Footballers Association of England (PFA).
De Bruyne won by overcoming teammate Raheem Sterling and four Liverpool players including Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Sadio Mane. The good news came to De Bruyne a few days after his wife gave birth to her third child.
Previously, De Bruyne also received the award for the best player in the Premier League 2019-2020.
De Bruyne missed most of the 2018-2019 season due to injury. But he came back strong. The Belgian international has caught up to the record 20 assists in the Premier League that Thierry Henry set 17 years ago. However, in the sublimation season De Bruyne, Man City only won the League Cup. They lost to Liverpool in the Premier League and were suddenly eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
De Bruyne threatens Thierry Henry’s record
Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne wants to break the assist record in a season that Thierry Henry has set in the Premier League.
Henry’s record, the legendary Arsenal striker, was 20 assists in the 2002-2003 season. De Bruyne’s best, meanwhile, is 18 times the 2016-2017 season, equal to the achievements of Cesc Fabregas in the 2014-2015 season and Frank Lampard’s performance in the 2004-2005 season. Mesut Ozil interspersed with 19 passes in the 2015-2016 season.
De Bruyne is the expert in bringing the ball to a favorable position for his teammates to score.
This season, before the Premier League postponed due to Covid-19, De Bruyne had already owned 16 goals – three more than Henry’s record, while the season had nine rounds left.
In the situation that the Man City midfielder mentioned, the ball from his foot hit another player to change direction, before Raheem Sterling scored. That is why it does not count as an assist to De Bruyne – who won the King of assists in a Bundesliga season while at Wolfsburg.
De Bruyne has never won the Player of the Season award in England. When Man City won the Premier League the last three times, the players who won the individual titles all came from Liverpool: Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah, and Virgil Van Dijk.