Phil Foden boasts “ridiculous” ability and is destined to be a senior star for Manchester City, says fellow academy graduate Joel Latibeaudiere.
At 19 decades of age, a promising midfielder has already taken in 62 aggressive appearances for the Blues and recorded 10 goals.
That return is considered to be just the start, with a regular part in City’s engine space set to start up next season once the legendary David Silva departs.
Foden is poised to take on that playmaking post, with Pep Guardiola ready to demonstrate faith in a home-grown star rather than dip back in the transport market.
Latibeaudiere, who savoured U17 World Cup glory alongside a club colleague in 2017, expects a hot prospect to make the most of his chance.
The 20-year-old protector told talkSPORT: “I recall when I played Leeds and I was playing against Phil in Under-10/11 level and he had been one of the standout players for Man City.
“Growing up together with him City, we all know that he’s been special.
“When he starts to get more routine minutes, I think it will be ridiculous how fast he takes and succeeds off because his ability is absurd.
“It’s great to see if the manager plays the kids. This makes you feel like there’s definitely an opportunity.
“All it requires is 1 training session or if he throws you for 10 minutes and you play that 10 minutes really well, he’s going to find that and take you under his wing. It’s fantastic to see he trusts the kids.”
Latibeaudiere is still awaiting his senior bow for City but has pushed his way into contention.
The talented centre-back has enjoyed a loan spell at FC Twente in 2019-20 and hopes that his experience in the Netherlands will let him push for minutes when back at the Etihad Stadium.
He added on his private ambition: “Obviously, the dream could be playing for Man City’s first team regularly.
“Now I’ve got a taste for this, it’s given me that inspiration to know that I can do it myself. I’m only going to keep pushing myself now and try and get there.”