What Paul Merson Said About Kevin De Bruyne In 2015 Now Looks Very Stupid
Gillette Soccer Saturday's finest Paul Merson tends to get it wrong quite a lot. From pronouncing the majority of footballers' name wrong, including Etherington and Jovetic, to his bizarre theories on Sky Sports.
The 49-year-old somehow manages to capture the hearts of a nation on a weekly basis, chatting some absolute nonsense in the process, but getting around it by being unintentionally funny in front of millions watching at home.
In the past, Merson has come out with some absolute corkers. Remember when he said: "When Everton knock it long, they don't knock it long". And let's not forget the classic: "Football's all about yesterday, it's all about now".
Well, now another belter has emerged about former Chelsea and Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne in the Premier League since the start of September:- Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 16, 2017
15 games :runner:
8 assists :dart:
6 goals :soccer:
What a player :clap: pic.twitter.com/RvvrkR5T1T
Back in August 2015, Merse had a very strong opinion on the Belgian midfielder following his club record £55 million move from the Bundesliga, slating Manchester City's choice of splashing such a huge fee on the player.
As we all know, De Bruyne is now one of the best players in the Premier League, which makes Merson's comments sound rather bizarre, two years later.
You can't even kick De Bruyne out of being brilliant. What a player.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 16, 2017
Sit back, relax and read Merson's thoughts on the signing of De Bruyne in a piece for the Daily Star:
"Manchester City paying so much money for Kevin De Bruyne is an absolute joke." Merson said.
"I thought he was out of his depth at Chelsea. He never once went out on the pitch and looked like he belonged there. I don't think he could handle it - and now he's going to City for about three times what Wolfsburg paid for him. Not for me.
He'll be on the bench at City for a start, because you can't change a winning team. Who does he get in ahead of? No-one. They're all playing too well.
But he didn't like it when he was on the bench at Chelsea and he ended up getting bombed out because Jose Mourinho questioned his attitude.
Okay, he's had a good season in Germany. But there are only a few decent clubs there really, aren't there? It's not the Premier League.
I just think their money could have been better spent elsewhere. They need a forward. Aguero and Bony are not enough."
A very prominent coach once deemed Kevin De Bruyne not good enough to play for his team...- Alecko Eskandarian (@alecko11) December 16, 2017
Never let one person's opinion of you define you. Prove them wrong.
How things have changed. Kevin de Bruyne certainly proved his doubters wrong.