Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has likened fellow summer arrival Kevin De Bruyne to his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suárez.
Having worked in tandem with both players, Sterling reckons the Belgian playmaker’s sheer ability to create and score goals is comparable with that of the current Barcelona forward, who’s enjoying another stellar season in Spain.
With Suárez, once he got in and around the box, you knew what he was capable of doing – usually it ended with a goal,” said Sterling.
It’s the same with Kevin, he looks for other players…look at the assists he’s got already and he’s got goals in him regularly as well.
De Bruyne is currently second in the Premier League assists chart having created six goals since his arrival – a feat only bettered by Arsenal’s chief creator, Mesut Özil, on 11. As far as goals are concerned, the Belgian has four in the Premier League, so far, and matched that total in the Capital One cup this week.
It’s a continuation of the phenomenal figures racked up by De Bruyne during his Bundesliga career with Wolfsburg, after an unsuccessful stint a Chelsea, which Sterling also referenced:
I didn’t see him much at Chelsea to be honest,” Sterling said. “Not many of us did. But if you saw him in Germany, the number of goals he was involved in, it was obvious he had quality. It’s always a test for players to come to England, play regularly and contribute but that’s what he’s done. Credit to him, he’s been incredible.
De Bruyne notched up an incredible 20 assists and 10 goals in the league during his last season in Germany, which adding a further five in each category playing in the Champions League.