Kevin De Bruyne’s four-goal heroics at Wolves on Wednesday night were not enough to put him in the conversation for PFA Player of the Year, according to Jason Cundy.
The Belgium star delivered one of the great individual performances to put Pep Guardiola’s men within touching distance of the Premier League title.
Fans on social media started to ask where De Bruyne ranks in lists of the best top-flight players ever, with Rangers legend Ally McCoist putting him in the top-three Premier League midfielders of all time.
But for talkSPORT host Cundy, the midfielder is not even in the top three this season.
The former Chelsea defender suggests that besides De Bruyne’s quadruple in the 5-1 win at Molineux, the 30-year-old has failed to reach the heights of previous campaigns in recent months.
De Bruyne is enjoying his most prolific season for City, with Guardiola’s men sharing the goalscoring responsibilities without a recognised No. 9.
However, that absence of a focal point has led to a dip in creativity for De Bruyne, who only has seven top-flight assists this term – his fewest in a full season at the Etihad.
“I actually think Kevin De Bruyne’s form has dipped in the last few months,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
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“If you go back to Kevin De Bruyne of two years ago, that version of him was the very best.
“I think he’s now coming into that kind of form, certainly against Wolves. But I think there’s still more to come from him.
“I’m not convinced the Kevin De Bruyne we’ve seen in the last six months has been the very best Kevin De Bruyne we’ve seen.”
Cundy’s co-host, ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, argued the City maestro is alongside Spurs forward Heung-Min Son and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the running for PFA Player of the Year.
But Cundy insists that Reds star Sadio Mane has been ahead of De Bruyne this season.
“I don’t think he’s in the conversation [for PFA Player of the Year],” Cundy continued.
“I don’t think he’s in the top three. Salah’s in it, Mane’s in it.”
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