De Bruyne has cemented himself as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
The Belgian holds the joint-record for most assists in a single Premier League campaign (20).
He also has 12 assists in the league already this season, meaning he would smash that record with 24 assists if he repeats the same form in the second half of 2022/23.
However, despite his superb form, Pep Guardiola has been discussing why Manchester City will at times drop the 31-year-old:
“Seven years we know each other very well. I know when Kevin is ready and sometimes not. It’s normal. There are many games. Sometimes we need another type of player in that position. Sometimes we need more players in the boxes and Kevin struggles a bit right there.
“Kevin, always you expect him to assist the ball - but how many assists does he provide that were not converted, don’t count as an assist but really is? Big competition in the squad. Some games need a specific player that Kevin for example struggles a little bit.”
Manchester City are next in action vs Arsenal in the FA Cup on Friday evening.