Chris Sutton has likened Manchester City poster-child Phil Foden to Paul Gascoigne after his masterclass against Newcastle United.
Speaking on the Daily Mail’s It’s All Kicking Off! podcast, the well-known pundit gave his views on the 23-year-old.
Chris Sutton went as far as to compare Phil Foden to Paul Gascoigne.
Chris Sutton says Phil Foden could become as good as Paul Gascoigne
Branded as an ‘incredible player’ by Jordan Henderson, the five-time Premier League winner ran the show in midfield against Newcastle.
Causing mayhem on the half-turn, beating defenders for fun, creating a number of chances and setting up Julian Alvarez’s opener, the silky technician looked as complete as he has ever looked in his natural position.
So much so that Chris Sutton said that Phil Foden has the potential to reach the level of Paul Gascoigne.
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“I remember Gascoigne being a Norwich City youth team player. Watching Gascoigne, Spurs to Carrow Road and just being in awe of him. It was like he was playing in his back garden. Three yards ahead of everybody else on the pitch.”
Chris Sutton went on to mention Phil Foden and Paul Gascoigne in the same breath, saying, “I think Foden is getting to that level. He is so, so good to watch. I was one actually in Foden’s early days…I was one like, ‘why aren’t Manchester City letting him out on loan?’ But he’s actually benefited from staying and learning from the master [Pep Guardiola].”
Phil Foden could even surpass the English legend
As outstanding a player as Paul Gascoigne was, as Chris Sutton emphasised, Phil Foden could genuinely surpass him.
At 23 years of age, the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ is already an immensely versatile player, having played and thrived in every attacking position and has gained a level of tactical intelligence that naturally comes with working under Pep Guardiola.
With Foden only expected to improve over time while looking on course to become his country’s most decorated player of all time, there is no ceiling to his success and his legacy by the time he calls it a day.