Graeme Souness Predicts “Outstanding” City Star Will Beat Arsenal Talisman To Player Of The Year Award

TalkSPORT pundit Graeme Souness says he is backing Manchester City attacking midfielder Phil Foden for the PFA Player of the Year prize.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the former Liverpool captain said that he believes Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard deserves to be among the candidates but Foden is the one he would pick:

“The votes are being cast for the footballer of the year and Arsenal’s captain Martin Odegaard will have to be in the mix. However, Manchester City’s Phil Foden gets my vote.”

“He has been outstanding. He appears to have that attitude where he wants to learn something new every day in training and we are seeing a real superstar in the making.”

“His goal against Real Madrid in midweek summed him up. Calmness under pressure, he shifted the ball out of his feet and hit it so smoothly. He is a terrific striker of the ball.”

Foden deserves to be in contention for Player of the Year

The England international has had an excellent season so far, scoring 22 goals and providing 10 assists in 41 appearances.

However, Foden will have strong competition for the award. Not only are Odegaard and the likes of Arsenal’s Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka in contention, but other City players are also worthy of consideration.

Rodri has been consistently brilliant this campaign, and the Spaniard has not been on the losing side when he has been on the pitch. Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk could make the final shortlist too.

It will be a while before we know who wins the award

As Souness mentions, players are currently casting their votes but the ceremony is set to take place at the end of August.

Erling Haaland was the last recipient of the accolade, with City players have taken home the trophy three times in the last four years.

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David Tully

David Tully

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