Is Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne an FPL must-have?

10:47am Aug 4 2017

Will Manchester City’s inevitable rotation stop you forking out £10m for their star midfielder ahead of Gameweek 1?

Kevin De Bruyne is Manchester City’s midfield maestro – coming in at a cool £10m in Fantasy Premier League, he should, without doubt, be considered as one of your premium midfield selections.

Last season, De Bruyne was one of the Premier Leagues top midfielders, as the Belgian topped the assist charts with a staggering 21 assists.

De Bruyne returned a cool 199 points in Fantasy Premier League last season from only 2877 minutes of game time, giving him a return of 1 assist every 137 minutes.

He also netted 6 Premier League goals and amassed 33 FPL bonus points.

Whilst the Belgian international is clearly the linchpin to Manchester City’s title bid this season, are you surprised that his current TSB% (teams selected by) is only 23.3%?

The main worry for potential De Bruyne owners is Guardiola’s rotation policy – it’s a headache that will affect many fantasy managers throughout the season, with the likes of Sterling, Sane, Yaya and new-boy, Bernardo Silva, all likely to be rotated.

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Knowing which midfielder to own in the minefield that is Manchester City’s midfield, is mind-boggling at times, but De Bruyne looks like the safest bet out of the lot.

Guardiola usually has a core group of players that are mainstays throughout the season and I would put money on De Bruyne being the first name on the team-sheet throughout the season, along side Kompany, Walker and Jesus. (we still pray for you Aguero)

De Bruyne has had a fairly decent rest this pre-season, with no heavy international schedule to contend with, making the £10.0m asset even more attractive to FPL bosses.

He’s been instrumental in the dominant displays from City in preseason against Spurs and Real Madrid, which in turn caused a spike in his FPL TSB% ownership, as managers scrambled to fit him in to their squads.

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De Bruyne created 101 chances last season, made 82 key passes and had 84 shots at goal, making him one of the most consistent performers and point-scorers in the FPL game.

As Guardiola continues to rebuild his City side, with rampaging full-backs and an interchangeable attacking midfielder, you’d fancy De Bruyne’s number to increase dramatically this season, as he dominates the central midfield and attack area, with his TSB% likely to hit 30%+ by Gameweek 2 or 3.

The only criticism you could make is that he doesn’t get a strong goal output like Sanchez (24) or Alli (18) – but, if Manchester City are to mount a title challenge, you’d expect De Bruyne to hit double-figures this season.

With opening fixtures against Brighton (a), Everton (h) and Bournemouth (a), an explosive start to the season could be on the cards, with many FPL bosses potentially left kicking themselves.

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