When Kevin De Bruyne took to the field in Chelsea’s first game of the season against Hull, you would have been forgiven for thinking that this was the start of big things for the Belgian youngster. As it turned out, he performed indifferently that night, and was substituted for Andre Schurrle in the 66th minute. Since then, he’s gone on to make only 9 appearances for the Blues, across all competitions.
Undoubtedly, this is far less match time than he would of liked, and he now faces the difficult question that many young prospects are facing in world football. Is it best to be a squad player in a big club, or a starter in a smaller team? If reports that are emerging regarding his future are any indication, it seems that De Bruyne would rather the latter. The winger has recently alluded to the fact that he needs playing time, and may be prepared to leave Chelsea to get it.
This much has been hinted to by the player himself who was quoted by the press as saying;
“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it [January move] yet. I know something has to change. Sooner or later, I will have to play.”
“But what can I do at this moment besides training hard and keeping quiet? My career has always gone up, but then it’s sometimes normal it makes a horizontal line.”
Who knows what is happening behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, but with speculation suggesting that Jose Mourinho was not pleased with De Bruyne work ethic, it doesn’t look good for his prospects of more playing time.
When he has had the opportunity, De Bruyne has looked exciting, but raw. He is clearly far from the polished article. Despite his speed, flair, and powerful shot, his decision making and finishing has been criticised. Of course this is only to be expected from a 22 year old, but it now seems as though he will return to Germany to continue his development with so many reports linking him to a move back to the Bundesliga either on loan or on a permanent basis.