Foden has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in English football since graduating to the senior squad at Etihad Stadium in 2017.

The 20-year-old has scored 21 goals in his first 93 outings for City, with his latest effort coming in a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Goater thinks the City playmaker can stake a claim for the biggest individual prize in football if he continues on his current trajectory.

“The world is at Phil Foden’s feet,” the former Blues striker told the EFL ahead of his old club’s League Cup clash against Manchester United on Wednesday.

“I think he can really go all the way. I can see him standing on the podium and being on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

“I know that’s a huge thing to say about someone still so young, but he has this quality about him, and what I like about him is the energy he brings, the constant goal threat he brings – whether that’s scoring or assisting – and as a midfielder these are great qualities.

“He can play anywhere and he will play anywhere. I can really see his future as being one of the best in the world, he’s phenomenal for someone so young and I genuinely think in four or five years he could challenge for the Ballon d’Or, he’s got that much potential.”

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