De Bruyne scored the only goal this weekend as the Citizens ran out winners against Chelsea in the Premier League and inched ever closer to a second successive title.


The star midfielder earned plaudits for his performance, adding to the adulation he has received consistently throughout his spell in Manchester and took his goal tally for the season to six.



McGrath thinks that with his performance against Chelsea, De Bruyne has staked a claim to be the best player in the world at the moment.


The former top flight defender complimented the midfielder for his ability to both score goals as well as create scoring opportunities for his team-mates.



“For Manchester City, that [win over Chelsea] was another giant step to the Premier League title”, McGrath wrote in his Sunday World column.


“And for Kevin de Bruyne the win over Chelsea allowed him to take a giant step too – into the conversation about who is the best footballer around just now.



“I’m just glad I was long gone from defences before this lad arrived in English football.


“He’s an absolute class act, horrific for a defender to mark, because he can score goals and make them for others too.


“Most of the really elite players just do one of those things – de Bruyne does both!”


De Bruyne won the Premier League Player of the Season award for the 2019/20 campaign and was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or in the last year.