Jamie Redknapp has predicted that Kevin de Bruyne will be the most important player in the title race, not only due to his quality but also his freshness.
Had it not been for Mohamed Salah’s record-breaking 32 goal campaign for Liverpool, Kevin de Bruyne would have won the Player of the Year award last season, such was his influence in Manchester City’s incredible campaign in which they won the Premier League title, breaking a plethora of records along the way.
However, a series of injuries has restricted the Belgian to just four starts in the league for Man City this season, and with just 13 games to go in the title race, Jamie Redknapp reckons that the 27-year-old could be the ‘most important’ factor in who will win the Premier League.
“City have got players that can change the game at any given second, but probably the most important in the coming months is Kevin De Bruyne,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He’s so fresh, he’s had a big break, and as long as he keeps injury-free, he could be huge in this run-in.
“You’ve got David Silva and Bernardo Silva, technically so lovely to watch, but De Bruyne has that nasty streak, the pass that can cut open a defence. He can score from 25 yards, and he’s different to any other midfielder in these two teams and probably in the Premier League. He’s devastating. It’s such a plus to have him firing again.
“The Newcastle defeat was a week-and-a-half ago, that’s how quickly things can change. That’s what Liverpool have to hang onto. They must think: ‘We’re having a bit of a moment here, it’s not the end of the world, we’ve got to keep going and get players firing at the level they can.’
“But there has obviously been a little bit of a drop. The draw at home to Leicester felt like a big moment, the day after City had lost at Newcastle. The turnaround has been significant.”