Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has started off the 2019/20 season in truly sizzling form.
The Belgian maestro has made six appearances in the Premier League and scored two goals, but it’s his assist tally of seven that has really got people talking.
The Citizens scooped the domestic quadruple last term, but the £55 million star (BBC Sport) endured a nightmare 2018/19 on a personal note thanks to injury struggles, and is clearly using those frustrations as a catalyst this term.
De Bruyne showed no mercy against Watford at the weekend, and had a hand in five of the eight City goals at the Etihad Stadium.
It was a masterclass from a player who is surely number one in his position in the world right now.
He appears to be playing with a burning desire. Having missed so much football last season as the team surged to four trophies will have been unbearable for the 28-year-old, and it will only serve as his fuel this year.
Having made a ferociously creative start, De Bruyne is now just 13 assists behind Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in a single Premier League season.
Scarily, there are 32 games left to play meaning the former Chelsea man stands to shatter the Arsenal legend’s tally.
Given his own quality and the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling surrounding him, there’s a good chance he will surpass the record with games to spare.
With 158 career assists (Transfermarkt), it really is what he does best.
The only thing that could potentially stop him, is his body.
De Bruyne plays with incredible dynamism and intensity. He leaves it all out on the pitch and that perhaps makes him susceptible to injury more so than other players.
It is not a question of quality. If luck is on his side this time around, then De Bruyne will be well placed to make history come the end of the season.