Joleon Lescott believes Phil Foden is more important to Man City as a team than Kevin de Bruyne is at the moment.
Both Lescott and fellow BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves lavished Foden with praise ahead of City’s Champions League semi-final tie with PSG, with the young English attacker playing an instrumental part in his side’s quarter-final victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Hargreaves praised the way Foden has been able to take Raheem Sterling’s place in the team but stopped short of saying the 20-year-old is more important than De Bruyne.
He said: “He’s fabulous, his end-product is so good, his effect on the game is remarkable. Fourteen goals and nine assists for a young
“Obviously he can play in so many different positions.
“He’s always checking his shoulder, he’s got that bit of magic in him
“We’re at that point now when we’re talking about the most important player in the City team, it’s Kevin de Bruyne, but Foden has got to the point now where Raheem Sterling is on the bench.”
But Lescott argued otherwise, claiming that, whilst De Bruyne is the most important player in the club, Foden’s current form has seen him become crucial to Pep Guardiola’s set-up.
He said: “I would argue that Phil Foden is the most important player in the team.
“In the club, you’d say Kevin de Bruyne and the contract he’s got suggests that, but in terms of current form and impact in games – Phil Foden, for me, is the most important player.
“I think he contributes so much to the team going forward, the energy, he leads the line, he’s great off-the-ball and his quality in possession is second to none.”