Onouha claims Foden is in the same bracket as Mbappe

Date published: Tuesday 5th October 2021 1:12 - Jason Soutar

Phil Foden takes a shot in a game vs PSG

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden be should spoken about in the same manner as Paris St-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, according to ex-Citizen Nedum Onouha.

The 21-year-old ran James Milner ragged during City’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, scoring his team’s opening goal to cancel out Sadio Mane’s opener.

Milner filled in at right-back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Onouha believes Foden would have given Trent similar treatment had he played.


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“The way Phil was with James at the weekend, that is an older player’s worst nightmare,” he told City is Ours on Facebook.

“Someone who is that talented who will take the game to you – no questions asked, no relenting, no ‘I like you, I’m going to be nice’, which can happen in football sometimes.

“Here’s a hot take for you as well – as much as Milner didn’t have his best game, I think Milner is still better defensively than Trent would have been.

“What Phil did to James, I think he would have done to Trent. As good as Trent is going forward, you hear the questions about him going the other way.

“These more talented young players, you can’t just kick them and leave one on them early like back in the day to get them frustrated. They bounce back up and are ready to go at you again, and now you’ve got a disadvantage because you’ve been booked. It can be very tough.”

The sky is the limit as far as Foden is concerned, and Onouha has lent his opinion on how far the youngster can go in his career.

He said: “At this moment, I don’t think Phil is Ronaldo or Messi but I think he can be as good as the people who come in just behind that. I think he can be spoken about on the world stage as one of the best.

“In terms of timing, the fact those two players are in their mid-to-late 30s, why would you not aspire to be part of the conversation? People laud a Kylian Mbappe and someone like that — why can’t Phil be spoken about in the same manner?

“And that’s mind-blowing because you’re talking about someone at City who’s from Manchester. I think he’s capable of doing anything and the best thing is he keeps on getting better and better.

“You can see the players respect him a lot. After the PSG game, when everybody was doing post-game hugs and all that stuff, there were a few people trying to get to Phil.”

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