Pre-season is just around the corner, and its an exciting time for everyone involved in Chelsea Football Club, having just won the Champions League and FA Cup last season, the club looks to be going through a transition.
Club officials and staff are set to turn this deadwood Chelsea side, in to the attacking team that they used to be a few seasons back, and to challenge with the top three again. Part of this exodus has been to bring in new exciting young attacking players.
All the talk and lime light this summer has been on Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, two exciting young talents. With that as well as the players we are looking to buy, we seemed to have overlooked our young Belgium winger Kevin De Bruyne, who agreed a deal with us back in the January transfer window.
De Bruyne has the potential to be as big a signing as his fellow country man Eden Hazard, and I’m sure Hazard will be the first to tell you this. De Bruyne is a unique talent who has bags of confidence, excellent skill, he’s quick, has a brilliant cross, scores goals and his technical abilities are world class. What more do you need from your attacking player?
Kevin could have been so much more familiar to us English folk, his mother was actually born in Ealing, West London. He was fully eligible to play for England. But he chose Belgium, probably noticing the exciting overhaul happening within Belgium football, and wanted to be a part of it. And a part of it he sure is, featuring 19 times at youth level, scoring 2 goals. Belgium boasts an immensely talented squad and is set to challenge the likes of Spain amongst the worlds best.
At senior international level, De Bruyne has had limited chances so far, but he has managed to appear twice for them already at the age of just 21, and he is rated highly by everyone involved in the setup, his time will come.
When you look at Kevin’s senior professional career, he has spent it at Racing Genk since 2005. His record there is beyond belief for his age, at just 21 years of age he has appeared 107 times for them, scoring 38 goals and assisting 36. This just emphasises the raw talent of the boy. He became the core of this Genk side, providing the creative spark, and the engine to power this successful Belgium side. A fan’s favourite there, even when he signed for Chelsea and returned to finish the season on loan with them.
De Bruyne also has the gift of being very versatile, not only can he operate out on the wings, he can also be hugely affective in the middle as an attacking midfielder.
There is no doubt that he has the ability to be a key player for Chelsea, and will create and score goals left right and centre. The age he is, many say he will go out on loan this season, but I believe he has a more important role for us, and will surprise many supporters this season. As soon as he adapts to the Premier League, he will shine and become the most talked about player at the club.
On hearing he is already impressing at training does not surprise me, I look forward to watching him light it up in pre-season.
Simon Phillips – Follow me on Twitter for more articles and news updates @chelseafctbos