Pep Guardiola criticises Man City star for lack of goals
Kevin De Bruyne assisted in Manchester City’s 3-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, bringing his Premier League tally to 12, but Pep Guardiola said that the 31-year-old won’t always start games since he’s not a prolific goal scorer.
De Bruyne hasn’t scored in the league since October, and half of his assists have gone to Erling Haaland, so Guardiola thinks he might replace the Belgian international with someone who can score. De Bruyne did not play in Thursday’s 4-2 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, as Julian Alvarez was picked as the team’s second striker.
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“Seven years we know each other very well. I know when Kevin is ready and sometimes not. It’s normal. There are many games. Sometimes we need another type of player in that position. Sometimes we need more players in the boxes and Kevin struggles a bit right there.”
De Bruyne has appeared in 26 games this season, scoring three goals and 17 assists . Based on Guardiola’s words, the 31-year-old has been a regular across the board but may not be a sure starter.
De Bruyne hasn’t been at his best recently (1 PL assist between mid-October and early-January) and has been guilty of giving up possession cheaply (-80% pass completion in five of his last seven games) in order to create chances for his teammates, but he’s also failed to score from his last 15 shots.