Kompany: De Bruyne deserved Player of the Year, happy for Salah
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has admitted that Kevin De Bruyne deserved the Player of the Year award this season, but wouldn’t take away from Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah what he has achieved.
Salah has shined for Liverpool this season, scoring 43 goals in 48 games this season, being the English Premier League top scorer with 31 goals and leading his side to the Champions League final for the first time in 11 years.
On the other hand, De Bruyne contributed heavily and was a key player for Manchester City’s Premier League success this year. The 26-year-old midfielder leads the assistmen chart in the league with 15 assists this season, in addition to having eight goals to his name.
“I’m going to be biased. I’m going to say yes [De Bruyne deserves POTY award], of course. But how can you take away from Salah what he’s achieved? He’s an African player, which I’m happy about as well,” Kompany told CNN Sport.
“It’s important for a lot of [reasons]. It’s going to have a big impact in his country and for the continent as well. But Kevin is a master brain of football.”
Kompany and De Bruyne are teammates in club and country, and their Belgian national team will compete against England, Tunisia and Panama in Group G the upcoming 2018 World Cup.
“The way he sees and understands the game is beyond what you can see in terms of ability from any player and that’s why it’s difficult to categorize Kevin’s performance. If you take the full package, the passes, the amount of actions he’s made that were so clever and different from what anyone else would’ve done you would put him on another level.”
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