Manchester City star Phil Foden underlined why he is regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young talents on Monday night.
Foden scored twice and delivered an exquisite assist for David Silva, the man he now looks primed to replace in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up next season.
City have dazzled on their two appearances since the Premier League returned with Foden at the heart of their success.
Hailed by Guardiola and many others as one of the most gifted players of his generation, he is one of a long line of exciting midfield talents who could be set to dominate the game for years to come.
Here’s a run-down, in no particular order, of 10 of the best young midfield prospects.
Phil Foden showcased his huge talent against Burnley on Monday night
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Opportunities may have been limited since making his debut aged 17, but local lad Phil Foden is now primed for his Manchester City chance.
He has scored six goals and delivered seven assists in all competitions having often had to make do with substitute appearances.
Now, Pep Guardiola has indicated his faith in him to replace club legend Silva meaning next year could mark his breakthrough.
Kai Havertz is in-demand and could move to a top club this summer
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Like Foden, Kai Havertz has been tipped for stardom since making his senior debut aged just 17.
Now 21, the Bayer Leverkusen playmaker could be ready for his big move with Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich amongst those circling, as well as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Capable of playing numerous different roles in midfield, Havertz is most at home given freedom to find space in and around the box, delivering cutting edge in the final third which has led to 16 goals and nine assists so far this term.
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