The role of captain and vice-captain at Manchester City has seen a reshuffle this campaign after the departure of long-time club servant, Fernandinho.
As per the Telegraph: “Kevin De Bruyne has been promoted to Manchester City’s vice-captain in a vote by the club’s players and staff.
“Pep Guardiola’s squad and their coaches decide each season who the leadership group will be for the campaign, with a change in captain guaranteed after Fernandinho’s return to Brazil with Athletico Paranaense after nine glittering years at the Etihad Stadium.
“Ilkay Gundogan is now club captain and led the team out in their win over Bournemouth, while De Bruyne replaces him as vice-captain in a promotion from fourth in the leadership group last season.”
De Bruyne excels
The news comes after De Bruyne put on a starring display for Manchester City vs Bournemouth on Saturday.
Manchester City smashed the newly-promoted side 4-0 with Kevin De Bruyne scoring one and assisting one on the day.
After his goal contributions vs the Cherries, De Bruyne has now scored and assisted 20 times in a Premier League game, only Mohamed Salah (24) and Son Heung-Min (21) have done so on more occasions since the Belgian’s Man City debut in September 2015.
De Bruyne also has two assists in his first two Premier League games of the season, and there is an exception the former Wolfsburg star can go and on smash the league assist record this term.
Thierry Henry held that record for a long time, but De Bruyne matched it in 2019/20 when he scored 13 and assisted 20 in 35 league games for the Sky Blues.