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GW2 Ones to watch: Kevin De Bruyne

The Scout 10 Aug 2022
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

The Scout on why Man City playmaker can rival Salah and Haaland for armband in coming Gameweeks

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 2 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £12.0m

The Belgian was Manchester City's standout performer in home matches in Fantasy last season.

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De Bruyne produced 115 points in those fixtures, combining nine goals and six assists with 21 bonus points.

He was also among their most reliable players, blanking in only two of his 13 starts at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, when named in Man City's first XI in 2021/22, De Bruyne averaged an impressive 8.7 points per home appearance.

De Bruyne's all-round influence on the champions' attack is further highlighted by the underlying statistics.

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His 31 shots on target and 87 chances created were both team-leading totals for Pep Guardiola’s side last season.

Crucially, Man City are set to embark on a very favourable run of home matches that lifts De Bruyne's appeal as a top captaincy contender.

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They entertain AFC Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in the next four Gameweeks.

Despite that schedule, De Bruyne can be found in only 15.7 per cent of squads due to the popularity of Erling Haaland (£11.6m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.0m). 

Haaland has quickly established himself as the most popular Man City attacker, climbing to 54 per cent ownership on the back of his two-goal debut against West Ham United.

De Bruyne's assist for Haaland v West Ham 

Salah, meanwhile, is selected by 62.5 per cent of managers, more than double any other midfielder.

De Bruyne's fairly low ownership offers an intriguing armband alternative to Haaland and Salah over Man City's coming run of home matches.

Also in this series

Part 1: Gabriel Martinelli (ARS)
Part 2: Patrick Bamford (LEE)
Part 3: Ivan Toney (BRE)
Part 5: Darwin Nunez (LIV)

Don't forget the Gameweek 2 deadline is 11:00 BST on Saturday 13 August.

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