Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been given a boost as Chelsea have been impressed by his form whilst on loan at Werder Bremen and believe he is ready to become a permanent member of the Stamford Bridge club’s first team, according to the player’s agent Patrick De Koster.
De Bruyne is yet to play a competitive fixture for the Blues as he was loaned straight back to Genk after signing in January last year for the remainder of that season and was loaned out to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen after preseason with Chelsea, and the player has certainly made the most of the opportunities he’s had in Germany, with Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Bremen holding interest in De Bruyne and hoping to sign him for the 2013-14 campaign.
The recent rumours may concern a few Chelsea fans that are hoping to see De Bruyne make his way in West London, as swap deals for either Leverkusen’s André Schürrle and Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski have been mooted, but it’s a mark of how well he has done for club and country this season.
If his agent’s words are anything to go by, it doesn’t sound like Chelsea are looking to trade him:
“The conversation was very positive. They are pleased with his progress and think he is ready to become part of the first team. The only problem is there is still no clarity about who is head coach next season.”
De Bruyne has scored six goals and made eight assists so far this season and despite Bremen’s own struggles this season, his stats are impressive enough as he averages around 2.5 key passes a game and 3.1 successful dribbles. He’s very comfortable with the ball as his feet and is blessed with variety in his passing, and is fairly adept at crossing and set-pieces (which is something we’re lacking in at the moment).
The 21-year-old does have a few weaknesses though as his finishing needs some work but generally I believe he could challenge both Oscar and Victor Moses for a spot amongst the attacking midfield trio next season. It has been suggested that perhaps he could play in the pivot but from what I have seen his defensive contribution isn’t great and I don’t really see him as much of a tackler, but if he’s paired with an out-and-out ball winner then he may be able to control a game from deep with his range of passing.
I guess we will just have to wait and see who our manager will be before we can guess at De Bruyne’s future but even if he isn’t at Chelsea next season, he’d be out on loan again and it’d be likely that it’s another German club that’s a bit higher in the table than 14th-placed Bremen are currently.