It was perhaps his best performance in a City shirt and there has been plenty to choose from since his arrival from Wolfsburg in 2015.
Two men who weren’t too sure about the Belgium international’s return to Premier League football were Thompson and Merson.
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De Bruyne’s first spell in England saw him disappointed with Chelsea. That stigma was still there for the Sky Sports duo, who didn’t understand why City broke their transfer record to secure his signing.
“The world is going crazy,” Thompson said on an episode of Soccer Saturday. “The amount of money they’re paying for this guy is absolutely insane! He’s a good player, but is he a great player?”
Jeff Stelling asked Merson if then-Chelsea manager José Mourinho was right to let ‘KDB’ go to the Bundesliga a year earlier, for a much smaller sum of £18m.
Merson replied: “I don’t think so. I don’t think he did it at Chelsea.
“I don’t think he got much of a chance, but at the time he didn’t see himself as part of Chelsea. I think it was right for him to go. If you’re buying someone for eight million and selling them for a £10m profit, it’s a no-brainer for my.
‘There are some players that you look at and think so’… I just don’t see this, I just don’t see £50m for this player. I really don’t see it at all.
“And this was someone who was at the best club in England, Chelsea, playing there, and it didn’t click.
“He’s played here before, on a top team with top players. Honestly, Jeff, I thought I was lira, I did.”
The 30-year-old opened the scoring at Molineux with a beautiful first-half goal after catching a pass from Bernardo Silva.
Wolves hit back through Leander Dendoncker three minutes later before De Bruyne scored his second in the 16th minute.
Four minutes later he would complete his hat-trick with a resounding rocket that left goalkeeper Jose Sa defenseless.
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Kevin De Bruyne completes his hat-trick in the first half with a left-footed ROCKET! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/O7Ng9Sy9oP
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Not done there, De Bruyne would score at the hour mark to make eight goals in eight games.
Raheem Sterling closed the scoring six minutes from time as City returned to top of the league, ahead of Liverpool with two games remaining.