‘He is the best youngster I’ve ever seen’: Kyle Walker praises Phil Foden and says the 20-year-old Man City starlet is ‘leaps ahead’ of where former team-mate Harry Kane was at that age
- Phil Foden has been a breakthrough star for Manchester City so far this season
- The 20-year-old spent a long time on the fringes behind other world class stars
- Kyle Walker has hailed the midfielder as the best young talent he has ever seen
- The right-back said he is ‘leaps ahead’ of where Tottenham star Harry Kane was
Kyle Walker has named Manchester City starlet Phil Foden as the best youngster he has ever seen and says the 20-year-old is ‘leaps ahead’ of where former team-mate Harry Kane was that that age.
Foden has risen through the ranks at the Manchester club and is starting to show his class after having to wait patiently for a run in the first team
The talented midfielder has been behind world-class talents such as Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva for but has been rewarded with increased minutes since Project Restart, scoring four times and assisting once.
Kyle Walker says Manchester City starlet Phil Foden is the best young player he has ever seen
Walker (R) says Foden (L) is ‘leaps ahead’ of where some Tottenham stars were at that age
Foden has been an important part of a solid return to action for Pep Guardiola’s men, and Walker has hailed the 20-year-old as the best he has seen at that age, even better than some of his former team-mates at Tottenham.
‘He is the best youngster I have ever seen,’ the City right-back told the club’s official website.
‘That is after playing at Tottenham with the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend, Steven Caulker, Harry Winks, who are very, very good players. Phil is leaps ahead of them for me, just because of his knowledge of the game.’
Despite playing a bit-part role in the last two seasons, Foden has been able to learn his game with some of the world’s best midfielders and a world-class manager, which Walker thinks has put him ahead of the rest.
The right-back was at Tottenham with star striker Harry Kane when he was coming through
‘I don’t know if it is because he is constantly watching David Silva and learning from him, or just his knowledge of the game’, Walker added.
‘I think if he just improves on his final ball, on assisting and his final decision making on that, I think that comes with experience. As a player and as a human being, he is top class and I wish him all the best in everything that he does because he deserves it all.’
Foden’s best season yet includes seven goals and nine assists in 33 appearances overall, as well as a man-of-the-match display in City’s Carabao Cup Final victory over Aston Villa.
Foden was named man-of-the-match in the Carabao Cup Final against Aston Villa in March
The 20-year-old is seen as the man to fill outgoing club legend David Silva’s boots
The youngster is expected to take over the reigns from Silva when the Spaniard departs in the summer, putting an end to a hugely successful tenure with the North-west club.
Walker spent eight seasons at Spurs but left to join City in 2017, where he has won six major trophies including two Premier League titles.