Kevin De Bruyne emulates Frank Lampard heroics to cement himself as Premier League icon

Kevin De Bruyne became the first central midfielder to exceed 30 goal involvements in a season since Frank Lampard ten years ago.

The Manchester City playmaker had perhaps his most impressive season to date despite his side’s inconsistent efforts.

City still secured second place and could yet add the Champions League to their Carabao Cup triumph.

But they will need De Bruyne to continue his top form after he registered his 20th assist of the season against Norwich.

He also bagged a brace, taking his tally to 13 for the year meaning he has contributed towards 33 of City’s 102 goals.

Kevin De Bruyne has been Man City’s standout player this season

It is slightly short of Lampard’s tally that he registered in Chelsea’s double winning campaign under Carlo Ancelotti.

The prolific midfielder scored 22 times and put up 14 assists to just edge out the Belgian.

De Bruyne though equalled a Premier League record with his final assist of the season.

Thierry Henry’s total of 20 assists in the 2002/03 season has long stood, but the 28-year-old drew level and thanked his team-mates for putting away the chances he creates.

Frank Lampard was a huge influence in attack

“It is nice to have it [the record] and it is nice to have it with Thierry,” De Bruyne said after City’s 5-0 romp at the Etihad.

“Obviously I know with assists I need my team-mates – I can create the opportunities but if they don’t score them, I don’t get anything.

“My role is to create as many chances as I can, and help the team get in front of the goal – and then I am hoping they will finish it. They do it a lot of times so I am very grateful for that.”

De Bruyne and City will now prepare for their last 16 second leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League which takes place a week on Friday.


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