Kevin De Bruyne has been a small bright spark in a very poor season for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. The German side have surprised many by letting themselves slip down to 15th place in the league, picking up just 8 wins all season. Their star players have failed to make a large impact all year long but De Bruyne has been making himself known to the big European clubs in his own way all season.
The attacking midfielder joined Bremen in the summer on a season-long loan from his new parent club, Chelsea. During this season he has shown why he is so highly rated by Chelsea and most of Europe’s elite clubs. Scoring 6 goals and assisting 9 from 30 league games doesn’t jump out at you but, when considering the season that the side he’s been playing with has had, the Belgian has to be given a lot credit for what he has shown.
After last week’s incredible news of Mario Götze agreeing to join Bayern München in the summer, many questions have been raised as to who can replace the star at the Signal Iduna Park. Names such as Julian Draxler and André Schürrle have been thrown around but the first compound rumours of a possible transfer being made by Dortmund came just a few days after Götze’s deal stole all the headlines. German papers reported that Dortmund were preparing a 15 million Euro deal with Chelsea for the Belgian international. If this deal does go through, can De Bruyne work as Götze’s replacement?
Even though De Bruyne has had a much quieter season in comparison to Götze, when looking at what he has actually done in most games, there are many similarities between the two attacking midfielders. De Bruyne has proven himself to have a lot more abilities than first thought. His goals at Stuttgart and Bayern Munich proved he has an innate ability to finish and can definitely add to the goal-scorers list for any side. Like Götze, he is also able to finish and pass comfortably with both his predominant right foot and weaker left.
When you look further into the abilities of these two young stars, you will be surprised at how many similarities can be made. Götze is most famous at Dortmund for his passing skills and the ability to see a player in a better position than himself; the same can certainly be said for De Bruyne. He has assisted goals from open play and set pieces on numerous occasions this season, most notably against Hoffenheim and Greuther Fürth. The Belgian also possesses a great first touch and strong dribbling skills, much like his German counterpart.
Although on paper it would seem that BVB have lost the best young German player around. if the rumours are true, they could be about to sign the best young Belgian player around, a player who possesses much the same qualities as Götze. It’s obvious that the new Bayern man could damage any European side right now whereas De Bruyne is not quite there yet, but the Bremen man is only 21 and if BVB are able to sign and develop him in the same way as their many other wonderfully gifted young players, it’s a strong possibility that we could be seeing headlines of another young superstar breaking into European football at Borussia Dortmund.
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