Kyle Walker says Phil Foden is the "best youngster I've ever seen", and that the Manchester City starlet is "leaps ahead" of where Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Harry Winks were at the same age.
Foden rose through the youth ranks at Etihad Stadium before graduating to the senior squad in 2017, but has been made to wait for his chance to shine in the first team.
The 20-year-old spent his first two seasons under Pep Guardiola on the fringes of the action, with the likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne all ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.
Despite a lack of regular minutes, Foden has kept his head down and worked hard on the training pitch in order to make the most of every opportunity to impress.
The England Under-21 international has been rewarded for his patience in 2019-20, as he's taken in 33 appearances in all competitions to help City fight for silverware across multiple fronts once again.
Foden has contributed an impressive seven goals and nine assists to the Blues' cause, and is being tipped to fill David Silva's boots when the Spaniard leaves Manchester this summer.
Walker, who moved to the Etihad from Tottenham three years ago, has described his young City team-mate as the most talented up-and-coming player he has had the privilege of working alongside, putting him ahead of several former Spurs colleagues.
“He is the best youngster I have ever seen,” the City right-back told the club's official website.
“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 of 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.