The absence of injured star player Kevin debryn have effect on Manchester city attack
The big fear about the loss of Kevin De Bruyne for three months was the reason it might have on Manchester City’s attacking capacity.
After all, this was the man who provided 16 assists in the Premier League last season, more than anyone else, and also weighed in with eight goals, often in crucial, tight games.
The Blues had a succinct answer to those fears, slamming six past Huddersfield four days after he damaged knee ligaments in training.
But it was the following week, at Molineux, that perhaps the area where the Belgian absence will be most keenly felt.
It was De Bruyne’s defensive abilities which City missed against a smart, bold Wolves side, a team which very nearly got their counter-attacking strategy spot on.
Wolves seized on City mistakes such as the mis-control and hurried pass by Vincent Kompany which led to Raul Jimenez’s disallowed goal, and a sloppy Fernandinho pass.
It is likely they would have set up the same had De Bruyne been playing, but it would have been tougher.
Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva are exquisite footballers, but they don’t have the engine of the Belgium international.