Joleon Lescott believes Kevin De Bruyne is setting the standards in the Premier League but has yet to emulate Yaya Toure.
Pep Guardiola wanted Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City. He was one of the few players he had asked before committing to take over at the Etihad Stadium.
The Catalan manager was right as De Bruyne continues to improve every season. Joleon Lescott believes he is the standard-bearer for midfielders in the Premier League.
However, Lescott believes that the Belgian has to consistently perform for the coming seasons to enter Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard’s league.
“What he’s doing and the impact he’s having on every game is remarkable. He’s setting a new standard,” Manchester Evening News quoted Lescott.
“Rio’s era of Gerrard and Lampard – some great players in the Premier League era – but what Kevin De Bruyne’s doing is remarkable.”
“I think if he continues to do this for another three or four years, he’s in the conversation (of Premier League greats).”
De Bruyne has been in sensational form for Manchester City and received praise from across the board. He scored 17 goals and laid down 23 assists in all competitions.
Despite all the praise, Lescott believes Yaya Toure during the 2013/14 Premier League winning season was better than what De Bruyne has managed for the Citizens.
“No. He’s got to do it for a little bit longer.”
“Yaya’s best season outweighs Kevin’s (best season). He scored 20 goals in that season, in 13/14.”