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Profile - Kevin De Bruyne

rslack provides an excellent player profile of one of our reported targets.

Due to the overwhelming amount of bogus information circulating about our targets, I thought that a few profiles could be in order. This is not to say that I think we could use any player profiled in these threads. However, I think that if the rumors are circulating from other sources, then a small profile might help our members gain a better understanding than a short youtube video.

Kevin De Bruyne
Club: KRC Genk
Nationality: Belgium
Height: 1.8 m 5' 11'
Weight: 68 kg / 149 lbs
Position: Attacking Mid (F)

I'll preface this profile by saying that I've seen several (5-6 club) performances by the player, but also relied on the opinions of friends. My exposure to the Belgian Pro League has primarily come through streaming games and friends in France.

The player made his debut with Genk at 17 years old, where his strengths have made him a starter. He is skilled with the ball at his feet and is quick for the Belgian Pro League. Somewhat simliar in style to Malouda, he plays an advanced role on the left hand side and is quick to move onto his right foot (Messi is another who tends to run from outside to inside in this way). The player has a strong shot, and descent free-kicks with his right foot. He tends to try playing the through ball as opposed to crossing, but can deliver precise crosses when needed. Skilled with the ball at his feet, De Bruyne isn't afraid to take on defenders.

On the downside, the player is small for someone of 19 years old in England. His aerial game is understandably limited. He tends to make smart passes, but is still discovering his talents.

The player is under contract until 2015, and the Belgian side will be reluctant to sell off a promising young U-19 National player so early.

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Date:Sunday June 12 2011

Time: 7:11PM

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He's 5 ft 11 not that small, what is this obsession with being big in the premier league.
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12/06/2011 19:17:00

Is he a good passer?
Drog of War
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12/06/2011 19:18:00

@Luka, I don't know why but they tend to prefer physicality over technique. I find that pathetic TBH.
Drog of War
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12/06/2011 19:23:00

I believe rslack meant small for his weight/height ratio. Thanks for the profile. Rslack, I have an unfair question - from what you have seen, do you prefer him over Malouda?
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12/06/2011 19:29:00

5 ft 11 is taller than essien, ramieres and accroding to sky lampard too!
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12/06/2011 19:39:00

''Somewhat simliar in style to Malouda'' Oh no!
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12/06/2011 19:53:00

No offence, but Did he joined us already??!! I knew we used to make profiles for the players when they officially joins us !!
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12/06/2011 19:59:00

I like him and great profiling rslack the only thing i wouldnt agree with is comparing De Bruyne with Malouda, i would but him more in the bracket of Adam Johnson.
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12/06/2011 20:13:00

put him in the bracket*
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12/06/2011 20:14:00

Was in Brussels this past week, and the people there, praise the guy like he is a God. I asked one fella what he thinks about Lukaku and De Bruyne joining Chelsea(if they do), he replied,"You are stealing amazing treasure from Belgium". They all say, Lukaku is a beast and will only get better. Apparently he's a level headed guy. On De Bruyne-"he's capable of so much more, he holds back too much" but ya, they believe in those two nd Hazard and some bloke called Kevin Mirallas.
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12/06/2011 20:19:00

de bruyne looks a great prospect and like rslack says his game is similar to malouda but with decent pace and a good pass
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12/06/2011 20:29:00

they said that 4 real...Ok if he is that highly rated wouldnt mind seeing him in a blue jersey of chelsea.
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12/06/2011 21:06:00

the kids got an amazing right foot shot and he makes it look effortless
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12/06/2011 21:09:00

I believe Arshavin is shorter yet he took the epl by storm.How are both deals coming along?
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12/06/2011 21:39:00

We buy these youngsters but they never become anything at Chelsea! I'm exhausted...We're talking abt Genk now, didnt we just acquire Lucas Piazon who will be joining us in February and theres no more word on him. Sturridge, Kalou, McEachran, Mancienne, Van Aanholt, Bruma, The italian midfielder..and on and on. Itsreally frustrating that we cant develop and integrate young players the way other teams do. Also should we not be looking at a young keeper with considerable talent to understudy and also be a good sub for other competitions. I'm really worried for this club and the direction we're headed
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12/06/2011 21:41:00

I've seen around 15 games of him this season ( belgian ) , and all I can say is Debruyne is a huge talent. I think Debruyne , Lukaku and Hazard will eventually play for one of the best clubs in the world. and I'm not saying this only cause I'm belgian ! about debruyne , he has a great pass , a great shot , good pace and like lukaku he knows how to handle everything in the footballworld. anyway he would definetely adapt in england! wisey and zola were small as well you know !!
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12/06/2011 22:01:00

They probably have 100 de bruyne's in brazil.
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12/06/2011 22:16:00

He sounds good so let's go ahead and sign him. We need a decent winger anyway. Now we just need to get a manager who will actually give him the chance to show what he can do.
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12/06/2011 22:35:00

De bruyne, harzard etc no better then kakuta, the only difference is they are playing for their clubs. If kakuta was at lens or genk no doubt chelsea will be linked with him and there will be a ridicolous figure involved.
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12/06/2011 22:39:00

Lampard is about 6'0,I've seen him up close and he isn't that much shorter than me(For whoever said he was under 5'11).
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12/06/2011 22:58:00

Luka please stop whining about kakuta. We all want to see him start more games and hpful tht would happen more next season if RA's instrctn for more youths is anything to go by. Please any info about that chilean guy we bought sometime ago. He was suppose to join us this month if I am right. Rslack can we get his profileplease? Thanks for this
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12/06/2011 23:06:00

How is he better than our very own Kakuta, for me kakuta possess all these qualities and would do more if given his chance.
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12/06/2011 23:18:00

ahahahaha MikelwillScore hahahahahaha I'm sorry that has nothing to do with your point but your name is hilarious
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12/06/2011 23:35:00

@MikelwillScore .........this is how he is better den kakuta!kakuta cannot, will not do this in his lifetime!
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13/06/2011 04:46:00

i agree with you luka....there could be 100 du-bruynes in brazil....nice point...
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13/06/2011 04:58:00

you guys do have in mind if chelsea buy de bruyne, they will have send him on loan as part of the lukaku deal
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13/06/2011 06:51:00

what are we waiting for..lets get this guy....
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13/06/2011 07:20:00

The De Bruyne deal has no link with the Lukaku deal, that was just paper talk.
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13/06/2011 08:03:00

In saying the player is small, I wasn't only speaking about his height. Lamps is 6', but around 87 kg. Essien is 85 kg. The game is physical in England, sometimes it helps to have the physique to match.
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13/06/2011 08:10:00

dDrogba- It depends on which Malouda you are talking about. Anonymous Malouda? Yes. Peak form Malouda? Not yet. But he has age on his side.
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13/06/2011 08:13:00

the_blue_world- Similar profiles were done last summer, the intent of creating them is clearly stated in the first paragraph.
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13/06/2011 08:15:00

JVG_94- I agree with your Adam Johnson comparison. I mentioned Malouda because of similar position and types of attacking runs (from outside back into or toward the box).
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13/06/2011 08:23:00

Dwonder- I am not sure about any Chilean players arriving this month. If you find a name, I'll try to draft up a profile.
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13/06/2011 08:34:00

Also, you can suggest or vote for up coming profiles here-
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13/06/2011 08:39:00

My apologies rslack the guy is a uruguyan. i cant remember his name. but there was a comment on himon this site some days ago that he would be joining us this june. he was said to have been in cobham for a trial i think in 2009 and so impressed the coaches that they signed him immediately but had to return him to uruguay becos of fifa regulations and he would be joining us this summer.
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13/06/2011 10:40:00

Rslack i think his name is Juan Cruz Mascia. Got it from google. thanks
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13/06/2011 10:49:00

Am not sure if we eventually signed Mascia,we invited him for talks that was the last i heard of it...Are u sure its mascia or the brazillian lucas paizon,who arrives in january.
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13/06/2011 11:55:00

If we did sign him then ill be glad cos he was rated the next forlan.
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13/06/2011 11:57:00

He isn't similar to Malouda? He has great vision, an astonishing shot, nice dribbling and an eye for a killer pass. He palys on the wing but he is a classic nr 10 like Riquelme or so..
Luis Enrique
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13/06/2011 13:25:00


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