Kevin De Bruyne scored twice in Manchester City’s 5-2 victory over Southampton on Wednesday night and the Belgian was hailed as the best player in the Premier League by Graeme Souness after the contest.
City were threatened by the Saints at times, but turned in a sparkling performance going forward, with Riyad Mahrez, twice, and Ilkay Gundogan also getting on the score sheet for the league leaders.
Phil Foden and Mahrez were in superb form for Pep Guardiola’s side, but De Bruyne earned the highest praise from Souness in the post-match analysis.
The former Liverpool manager recognised that the City midfielder is not getting the plaudits that he has in other seasons, but still believes he is the finest player in the league, diminishing his performance sarcastically.
‘Kevin De Bruyne is an absolute superstar,’ Souness told Sky Sports. ‘Best player in the Premier League and everybody thinks he’s not at it!
‘He’s had a bad night again hasn’t he?’
De Bruyne took his Premier League goal tally for the season to five on Wednesday night, while he also has 11 assists.
‘Today the quality of our players won the game. This game belongs to the players, Riyad, Kevin, Phil made the difference today,’ said the Spaniard.
‘You didn’t believe me when I said the reason why we won is because we have a lot of money to buy a lot of players but it is the truth and today proved how right I was.’