He was loaned back to Genk, and after brief showings in pre-season, he was loaned out to Werder Bremen where he has been impressing in the Bundlesliga, being deployed in a number of positions including as a striker.
Last night it was he, rather than £32 million star Eden Hazard who landed a crucial blow against Serbia in their World Cup Qualifier.
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke had already put the away side 1-0 up, before De Bruyne broke away in the second half, leaving a defence which included Branislav Ivanovic trailing in his wake.
It was a crucial goal which effectively won the game, before Everton's Kevin Mirallas added a third in injury time to add polish to the scoreline.
Hopefully it is a good sign that Belgium's team of stars are going to fulfil their potential, the win achieved without the injured Marouane Fellaini.
You can watch de Bruyne's goal below...
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