Kevin De Bruyne lived up to his status as the “Assist King” today, as he bagged his 100th assist in the Premier League, being the fastest player to reach the milestone.
Unfortunate for Southampton as they were panned 1-4 by the blues, with KDB registering an assist and winning a penalty for the 4th. The Belgian could have easily added another 3 or 4 assists had his teammates taken their chances.
De Bruyne reached his century of assists in just 237 games, with his closest competitor, Cesc Fabregas taking 56 more games to achieve this.
An incredible individual accomplishment for the midfielder. however, De Bruyne is as humble as they come and admits that whilst he is “proud” of this achievement, what he does is for the team.
“It is a proud moment but I have to go on”, he said in his post match interview.
Whilst he is the quickest player to reach 100 Premier League assists, he is the fifth player to do so, following Cesc Fabregas, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs.
De Bruyne could well catch up and overtake 3 of the 4 by the end of the season, however, with Giggs on over 160 he may not make the top spot; which is unlikely to matter much to the selfless midfielder.
After the match, pundit Jamie Rednapp confessed that De Bruyne is a “genius” and “best passer we have seen”.
Joining City in 2015 costing 55 million and being dubbed a “Chelsea reject”, De Bruyne has become a City legend and hero, certainly a fan favourite – thank you, Jose Mourinho.
Since then, he has gone on to make 237 Premier League appearances, winning 165 of those and losing only 32. In addition to his 100 assists, he has scored a lovely 62 goals and created 159 big chances.
In a fantastic career with the blues that includes x4 Premier League titles. x1 FA Cup, x5 League Cups, x2 Charity Shields and 2 PFA Player of the Year awards; can he add the coveted Champions League before his City career is over?