Saturday, April 28th, 2012
It’s been a strange season for Kevin De Bruyne.
The 20-year-old starlet, who is amongst the leading lights in Belgium’s new generation of upstarts including Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, signed for Chelsea back at the start of 2012.
De Bruyne signed a 5-and-a-half year deal with the Pensioners in January in which the youngster agreed to remain with Genk until the end of the year. Then, when the summer arrives, De Bruyne heads to Stamford Bridge to start the next chapter of his footballing career in London.
De Bruyne’s transition to Chelsea, though, have had several twists and turns since he penned the agreement.
First, Andre Villas-Boas – the man who signed him – is no longer is charge at Chelsea. Moreover, De Bruyne has suffered a season of physical setbacks in which he broke his leg against Lierse back in August 2011, whilst on Friday night the youngster saw his season come to an abrupt end.
An innocuous challenge with Anderlecht’s Lucas Biglia saw De Bruyne subbed after only 12 minutes with a broken toe. ”I’ve not really figured out what happened. In any case I felt it was relatively serious. We had to straighten the toe,” said De Bruyne after the match.
Ending the season with a broken toe has taken the wind out of De Bruyne’s sails, particularly after a clip of the starlet’s sublime skills has gathered attention in recent days.
During the 3-2 victory over Standard Liege last Sunday, De Bruyne demanded attention with an amazing sequence of flicks and juggles as he strolled past the Liege midfielders with consummate ease.