Midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne (£ 11.8m) returned after a four-week break during Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Everton on Wednesday. He suffered a hamstring injury in January and missed five Premier League games as a result.
Over 1.5 million FPL managers have dismissed him since he sustained his injury, but now could be a good time to consider transferring the Belgian international.
It’s clear that he has the knack for picking up where he left off – after taking on Everton, a wonderful pass would have got him to do it almost instantly. He was in incredible shape before his injury and that begs the question; Should you consider adding him back to your team?
We take a look at why he could be a valuable asset in FPL over the next few weeks of play …
Man City’s incredible shape
Manchester City are on an incredible run right now, even without De Bruyne. They have won their last 17 games in all competitions and are undefeated in their last 24. You have conceded 14 goals in the league (1st), scored 49 goals (2nd) and are leaders.
Before his injury, De Bruyne played a big role in her winning run. He was in spectacular form, having made four assists and one goal in his last six games. He has accumulated 27 FPL points in his last four games (before the injury) and has already accumulated 12 FPL bonus points.
He now has 10 assists for what is the second most popular season in the league – despite having missed a large portion of the games. De Bruyne now has 17 assists and four goals in all competitions which is nowhere near his best in terms of scoring.
In the Premier League, the midfielder makes 3.3 shots per game and produces 3.1 key passes, highlighting the enormous impact he has on the team. While Ilkay Gundogan was excellent in his absence, we should expect De Bruyne to mimic a similar shape.
Difficult course of the games
His return will no doubt help City get on with their run, and it’s hard to see how they can improve right now. Still, there are some difficult games to play in the next few weeks.
City play Arsenal (A) in GW25 this weekend before West Ham (H) and Manchester United (H) – two Champions League games to think about too.
This can force manager Pep Guardiola to turn his midfielders because they have so much depth in the squad in this position. However, as we know, Kevin De Bruyne is the best player for this role. So if he’s fit, he’ll undoubtedly play.
This is followed by games against Fulham (A), Leicester (A), Leeds (H), Aston Villa (A) and Southampton (H) from.
Are you bringing De Bruyne back?
Overall, it seems worth considering De Bruyne as a member of your FPL team for the next few weeks of play. Its ability is clear and it will give you good returns on attack.
At £ 11.8 million, however, it comes at a steep price. Many of the Premier League’s best midfielders are worth a similar amount. Bruno Fernandes (£ 11.5m), Mo Salah (£ 12.6m) and Raheem Sterling (£ 11.6m) are proving to be valuable assets.
However, De Bruyne currently only owns 10.2% of the FPL managers, which gives him an edge over other favorites.
If he can return to his former self, FPL managers could be rewarded with transferring him to their teams.
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