Whenever Chelsea face Manchester City, there’s always a collective sigh when the team sheets are read out. Kevin De Bruyne has established himself as arguably the top talent at the Etihad Stadium since his big-money move from Wolfsburg, but things could have panned out so differently for the one-time Blues youngster.
The Belgium playmaker spent two years of his career on the books at Stamford Bridge, but made just three appearances in the Premier League and was deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho by the time the January transfer window came around. Blues fans have never quite forgiven the Portuguese for that one.
But the statistics, courtesy of Oulala, suggest Chelsea fans shouldn’t feel quite so regretful about Mourinho’s call to axe the then-midfield prodigy. De Bruyne may be one of the Premier League’s biggest stars but based on form this season, he wouldn’t rightfully claim a place in the starting XI over any of Antonio Conte’s attacking options, only beating substitute Willian in terms of minutes per goal or assist in the Premier League this season.
Indeed, the stats suggest Chelsea are better off with what they currently have for their Premier League clash with the Citizens on Wednesday night.