Wolfsburg are flying high this season sitting at the second spot behind seemingly inhuman Bayern Munich.
Given the gargantuan amount of talent in Munich squad and a savant coach like Guardiola, it was already known that they were going to win the league. But the second placed team has raised many eyebrows, Borussia Dortmund were the favourites for that spot but are astonishingly fighting to avoid relegation. In their absence Die Wölfe (The Wolves) are on second, and much of the credit goes to their key man, Kevin De Bruyne. So were Chelsea too quick to dismiss him.Was Kevin De Bryune Move A Mistake?
The way Chelsea have performed this season, it would be just rude to criticize them in any manner. But the way Kevin is playing, it is equally impossible to ignore him. He has been given the free role in the team by manager Dieter Hecking recognising his ability to orchestrate play from various positions – averaging over 5 long passes per game whilst holding a respectable 74% completion rate. This role has emphasised his talents and its no surprise that he executes most key passes(4) per game in Europe’s top 5 leagues. Whereas Hazard manages 2.6, Oscar 1.9, Willian 1 and Fabregas 3.4.
De Bruyne has also completed 2.7 dribbles per game which can only be bettered by Eden Hazard in the Blue Shirt. Not only this, De Bryune has also created most clear cut chances in the entire Bundesliga.
But it is esoteric that “Mourinho’s” Chelsea don’t really miss him. Carrying wealth of attacking prowess, De Bruyne is kind of lazy and doesn’t like to track back or press in the opposition’s half like Oscar. He has made only 1 tackle per game which is blatant when compared to Oscar’s 2.4 and Willian’s 2. Another player who left Chelsea for the same reason in the same window was Juan Mata (winning 2 consecutive club player of the year award before leaving). These players just do not fit in Mourinho’s pragmatic approach to the game.
Moreover, Bundesliga is too attacking league with team committing too many men forward and leaving acres of spaces behind. And he would never agree on being a squad player like Salah or even Schurrle and that is perhaps justified with his performances.
Watching Chelsea play is euphoric this season, no one can say that selling Kevin was a mistake.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi