Roberto Martinez reckons that Kevin de Bruyne’s speed of thought, incredible vision, and deadly precision, make him the most ‘unique playmaker’ in world football.
The Man City star has already racked up a hugely impressive nine assists in nine league appearances for the reigning Premier League champions, a rate which sets him on course to smash Thierry Henry’s long-standing record for the most assists in a single Premier League season.
De Bruyne’s deadly delivery from the inside-right channel has become somewhat of a trademark from the Belgian, though his international boss, Roberto Martinez, has said that it is the midfielder’s dynamism of both mind and body that makes him a ‘unique playmaker’.
“It’s difficult to give a proper description of his talent,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’ve never worked with a playmaker that can work at a faster pace than the game. Any playmaker we’re used to seeing a player that slows the tempo down and gets two seconds to think, two seconds to find that pass.
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“Kevin De Bruyne sees the pass even before any spectators see it. That is a dynamic playmaking that he has.
“There’s not another player in world football in front of him that has that precision and execution – every ball in the box is exactly the same level of precision.
“City’s moves are never into feet, they are always into space, they know where the ball is going to go. I feel Kevin with his intensity is a unique playmaker.
“He doesn’t work in systems, he works in space and he’s got that ability to turn in any space and execute a pass. technically he’s so gifted. Normally you get gifted players technically but it doesn’t go along with that physicality and intensity.
“I’ve never seen a player that can execute passes in transitions on any counter-attack like, his precision is immaculate. The uniqueness is to have that physicality and the technical ability.”