Video Highlights Why Kevin De Bruyne Has 'Insane Perceptual Skills' After Assist Vs Iceland
Kevin De Bruyne's assist last night showed just what a special one of a kind footballer he is.
Fresh from winning the PFA Player's Player of the Year award after a stunning 33 goal involvements in 35 Premier League games, the 29-year old set up Jeremy Doku's brilliant debut goal in the 5-1 win over Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.
This pass was just the latest example suggesting that De Bruyne does indeed see things that other players don't.
Collecting the ball on the half-turn, the Manchester City man is already scanning for a teammate's run before he receives the pass.
Once he's got the ball under control, he then threads Doku in behind with a genius defence-splitting pass that he made look incredibly easy to execute.
18-year old Doku does the rest, shimmying inside and smashing in his first goal for the Red Devils. But it's a different level of thinking from De Bruyne and the former Chelsea man does it time and time again.
The vision and awareness of what's happening around him and then the ability play the pass with the perfect weight on it. World class in every sense of the word.
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Pep Guardiola has helped transform his game but De Bruyne is so gifted that he doesn't need to be overly coached, as he's admitted himself.
"Most of the time he just lets me be me," De Bruyne said, as per Sky Sports.
"We speak often about the team but in a lot of senses he knows when he gives the orders of what the team has to do that I will listen.
"But then on the other side he gives me a lot of freedom; I don't know why, that's just the way it goes between us.
"He knows in one way I will always put the team first and then obviously if I can help myself I'm going to do that.
"But he knows that I want the team to win, and if the team wins I will gain from it. So I think in that sense he feels fine and he trusts me completely."
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