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Thierry Henry praises the versatility of the Man City superstar

Pep Guardiola

Thierry Henry has praised the versatility of the Manchester City superstar, Kevin De Bruyne. The legendary striker has also made a bold prediction regarding the Belgian captain. He thinks the Man City ace could play as a holding midfielder in the future.

De Bruyne has been a versatile player for Man City since 2015, having has played in different positions across the midfield. Lately, he has been more of a right-sided attacking midfielder, where he has the freedom to roam around the pitch. He showed this prominently against Copenhagen and Brentford recently.

Kevin De Bruyne has played deeper before

However, De Bruyne has also played in a deeper role before. This was more common in Pep Guardiola’s first season at the club. One of his best performances in a deeper role was against Tottenham Hotspur in 2017, where he scored a goal in a 2-2 draw.

Since then, he has been mostly played as a number 10 for City, being their primary play-maker. He has also been a key player for Man City in terms of scoring goals, being a crucial part of City’s success under Guardiola.

Henry sees De Bruyne as a future holding midfielder

But Henry, who is now a pundit for CBS Sports [via YouTube], believes De Bruyne could change his role again. He says as De Bruyne is 32 years old now, he could finish his career as a holding midfielder.

He’s that clever”, Henry said. “I can see him finishing his career lower, as a holding midfielder.”

Henry thinks De Bruyne has the attributes to play in a deeper role, having the experience and the passing range to control the game from the deep.

De Bruyne could follow Gerrard’s example

De Bruyne could follow the example of other great midfielders, who have played deeper as they got older. Steven Gerrard is one of them.

Gerrard was a deep-lying playmaker for Liverpool in the 2013/2014 season. He was coached by Brendan Rodgers. He was one of the best players in the Premier League that season.

De Bruyne could do the same one day. He could reinvent himself as a deep, holding midfielder, where he could still be a vital player for Man City.

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