Monday 5 December 2016

Roy Keane has lavished praise on a Man City player he will have to figure out how to stop

Published 14/04/2016 | 08:29

Roy Keane on ITV last night
Roy Keane on ITV last night

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane believes Manchester City have a gamechanger in Kevin De Bruyne.

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Keane, who will have to mastermind a way to stop the Belgian at Euro 2016, pinpointed the former Chelsea reject for special attention after his goal fired City into the last four of the Champions League against Paris-Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at the Etihad.

He joined City in a £54m deal last summer and has bagged 16 goals and nine assists in an impressive opening campaign with the club.

"De Bruyne is City's form player and he effects big games," Keane said speaking during ITV's Champions League highlights show. "His goal last night, that's not even half a chance.

"Sometimes you don't appreciate a player until he is missing.

"That is what City have found this year with him. The boy is something special, he affects games. The goals he has scored, the assists, his movement. Top, top player."

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon agreed with Keane's assessment and pointed out that City's Premier League title push disintegrated when he was out injured for 12 games.

Since returning, he has scored four goals in five games and Manuel Pellegrini have only failed to win one of those fixtures.

"City have a player in De Bruyne, now he's back, who hasn't got any weaknesses," Dixon said. "He runs the game, he is a great passer. He can finish with both feet, he is athletic and he drives City forward.

"He was a big miss for them when he got injured. It is no coincidence they only won five games out of 12 when he was missing."

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