RTÉ soccer analyst Didi Hamann believes that Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has some tough decisions ahead of him as his side prepare to take on Brazil in the World Cup quarter-final and suggested that he might have to drop Kevin de Bruyne.
Belgium dramatically recovered from going two goals down to Japan to secure a last-gasp 3-2 victory and set up that World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.
Martinez's side came so close to crashing out of the tournament in Rostov as they found themselves behind to second-half goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.
The so-called Belgian 'Golden Generation' then staged a comeback, responding with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and, in added time, Nacer Chadli.
De Bruyne played a big part in that Chadli winner, starting the breakaway move that lead to the goal but he has yet to show the kind of form that made him one of the players of the season for Manchester City in the Premier League.
Hamann claims that de Bruyne is having trouble adjusting to a role for Belgium where he is not their main creative outlet as captain Eden Hazard takes that mantle and is more often than not, the player that his side look towards.
The former German international said: "They’re both top dogs at their clubs and it looks to me that De Bruyne is not happy playing second fiddle to Hazard, because when there is the option to give it to either, the ball goes to Hazard.
"De Bruyne finds it hard to accept and I’m not sure, this team might actually be better [without him].
"I still question their attitude, I don’t think this is a united team and in fact if you take De Bruyne out of the team, they make actually benefit.
"The way they actually do play, I think there are other players in the squad that can do a better job than he can.
"The way they play, I think it’s a better side if you bring somebody in instead of Kevin De Bruyne.
"De Bruyne has been an outstanding player for Manchester City but you’ve got to pick a team where people complement each other and want to play with each other together and work together."
Hamann’s fellow RTÉ panellist Liam Brady echoed those sentiments and believes that Martinez may have to eventually chose between the two.
"De Bruyne didn’t do anything until the winning goal. His body language wasn’t good, him and Hazard were having a bit of a...... were they passing to one another when they could?
"I was very disappointed in the way Belgium went about their business for the first hour."
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