Kyle Walker has claimed that Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden is the most talented youngster he has come across during his footballing career and compared him favourably to a talented Spurs group, whose rise he was witness to.
Walker moved to Tottenham from Sheffield United as a 19-year-old and had to fight hard to make the starting right-back spot his own during his time in North London.
The England international went on to make 229 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites over eight seasons before eventually moving to Man City in the summer of 2018 (transfermarkt).
The right-back witnessed the rise of the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Andros Townsend first hand during his time in North London.
The 30-year-old was complimentary of the talented Spurs group he saw graduate from the club’s academy to the first-team but insisted that Foden was miles ahead of any of them.
Walker raved about the ability as well as the maturity of the 20-year-old, who has been in fantastic form for Pep Guardiola’s men since the restart.
Speaking to Manchester City’s official website, the former Tottenham star said: “He is the best youngster I have ever seen.
“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 his knowledge of the game.
“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.”
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The Spurs group that Walker is referring to was certainly a talented one and most of them seem to have gone on to have careers at a decent level. However, if we are honest, there has been a lack of players successfully transitioning from the club’s academy to the first-team in the last five years.
After Winks made the step, there were expectations on the likes of Josh Onomah, Marcus Edwards and Cameron Carter-Vickers, but none of them have made the step up. However, I am really hopeful of the young crop currently coming through. Skipp and Tanganga have already made a big impact on the first-team and the likes of Harvey White and Dennis Cirkin do not look too far away from the picture.
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