Were it not for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s torrid season, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne would have been a lock for the PFA Player of the Year Award. To this point, the Belgian international has bagged 12 goals along with 19 assists for the Premier League champions. De Bruyne was a finalist for PFA Player of the Year as a result.
During his time with City, De Bruyne has assisted on 42 goals in 96 appearances along with 21 goals of his own. He has grown into a fan favorite in Manchester, and he’s made fans out of his own teammates, as well.
Vincent Kompany, who obviously plays with De Bruyne for both club and country, said that he believes his friend should have been rewarded for his stellar campaign. Kompany was asked in an interview by CNN whether he believes KDB should have won the aforementioned award that instead went to Salah. The defender said, “I’m going to be biased – I’m going to say ‘yes’ of course – but how can you take away from Mo Salah what he has achieved?”
If you’re into sports betting, you’ll know how important it is to find the right betting site. Prior to the season, not many betting sites would have had favorable odds for either Salah or De Bruyne to be in the PFA Player of the Year conversation. Both players made massive strides this season, however, and you can be sure they’ll each be favorites to win the award next term.
For his part, Salah has scored 43 goals in all competitions in his first season with Liverpool since coming to England from AS Roma last summer. Salah has also helped Liverpool reach the Champions League Final, and they got through City on their way to Kyiv.
Kompany added, “He’s an African player, which I’m happy about as well. It’s important – it’s going to have a big impact in his country – but Kevin is a master brain of football. The way he sees and understands the game is beyond what you can see in terms of ability from any player. That’s why it’s difficult to categorize Kevin’s performances.”
De Bruyne spent a few unremarkable seasons with Chelsea before blossoming into a star in the Bundesliga for VfL Wolfsburg. His impressive showing in Germany convinced Manchester City to splurge a club record £54 million to sign him in the summer of 2015.
Kompany continued with his praise of De Bruyne, saying, “If you take the full package – the passes he’s seen and the amount of actions he’s made this season which we were so clever and difficult from what anyone else could have done – then you would have to put him on another level.”
“A lot of the things he does were maybe not even the ones you will notice.”
City clinched the Premier League title with Manchester United’s shocking 1-0 loss at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on April 16. De Bruyne and the Citizens will face Huddersfield this weekend.