Jamie Redknapp believes Kevin De Bruyne is among the ‘stand out’ candidates for the Player of the Year awards and says the Manchester City midfielder is the ‘best passer’ the Premier League has seen.
The Belgian international is amongst the favourites for the end of season accolades after a brilliant individual season, the midfielder starring despite Man City‘s indifferent form, scoring eight goals and providing a league-leading 16 assists.
De Bruyne is just four short of matching Thierry Henry’s all-time record for most assists in a single season (20), a record which Redknapp believes will be broken should the campaign resume amid the coronavirus crisis.
“There have been some outstanding performances this season. But Kevin De Bruyne has been absolutely outstanding,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“His statistics this year have been his best ever, and if the rest of the City side had been as consistent as him, they’d probably be in contention with Liverpool.
“For me, De Bruyne’s assists and goals really make him stand out for me. His numbers are just far and away better than anyone else’s. If it does go to somebody outside of the Liverpool team, he is the only person you can really mention, because he has been that good, and has shone like a star in that City side at the moment.
“I would say he’s the best Premier League passer I’ve seen, and that’s including David Beckham, Paul Scholes, all of them, because he has the variation of passing.
“If we finish the season, he will break Thierry Henry’s assist record 20.”