Phil Foden left Pep Guardiola purring after playing a starring role again in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
John McGinn had stunned City by opening the scoring after just 20 seconds but Foden finished a smart move to pull his level and was a menace all night as City completed the comeback win to move 11 points clear at the top.
Foden inspired City during their Champions League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund and has been increasingly influential in recent weeks.
“He is growing, this guy is growing,” Guardiola told said after the game.
“He’s making steps forward every time. His influence in our game is massive right now. He’s so aggressive without the ball. He’s becoming a serious player.
There are guys who at 19, 20 are unstoppable. Then others who are 29, 30 who are not.
“Phil, right now, in the last games especially, is becoming such an important player. His influence in the final third is so important.”