May 18, 2021

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Ferdinand: Foden is better than Haaland, Mbappe right now


Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden is better than Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe in their current form.

The England international produced a brilliant performance in City 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night which saw them advance to their first Champions League final with an aggregate victory of 4-1.

His tenacity, skill, dribbling, poise and assists were brought to the fore as Foden showed why he is one of the best young players in world football.


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And Ferdinand believes he is better than PSG star Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland based on current form.

Ferdinand said BT Sport: “It’s about final stage execution and he’s got that in the bag.

“He showed tonight that he can produce at this level and be consistent with his final product.

“That’s why he plays for this team and that’s why at the moment I would say Phil Foden is the best young player, in form, in the world right now.

“In terms of form, I think he is, that he is the best player. Mbappe has not played today and Haaland has not yet played at this level.

“I’m not saying Foden is the best player, but right now he’s the fittest.”

Meanwhile, former Premier League footballer Trevor Sinclair praised Man City and Foden during his comment on talkSPORT, he said: “I realized what Man City had done in that second half. Their game management was superb.

“In the middle of the second half they were so confident that they were going to keep the sheets clean that they started setting traps, giving PSG extra bodies and then the counterattack like us. have seen Phil Foden showing incredible maturity.

“Once they have that opportunity to counterattack, they go like lightning and they end up with goals.

“That’s where Mahrez’s second goal came from. They let PSG go wrong on their side and then as soon as the ball was returned they attacked them at a serious pace.

“Phil Foden’s maturity this season and in this game has shone. An incredible performance from everyone involved.