Troy Deeney has waxed lyrical about Arsenal star Bukayo Saka as he labelled the teen sensation as ‘effortless’ when on the ball.
The youngster was in top form and proved too much for the Aston Villa defence, despite the 1-0 loss, as he got fouled the joint-most times of any player on the field.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the Watford forward praised Phil Foden as he compared the two young England stars as he lauded the duo.
Deeney said: “It’s the way that he [Foden] glides. I love seeing players, like him. Saka as well. When they start getting in their stride, it’s like they are gliding with the ball effortlessly. It’s beautiful to watch.”
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The difference between the two youngsters is night and day especially when you see the talent that the Manchester City ace is surrounded by.
That’s not to say Foden isn’t a good player, as a matter of fact, I’d bet anything he’ll go on to become a legend at the Etihad Stadium. But, when you play football alongside the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and many more stars, you will look very good.
Compare that to the car crash Saka has had to endure in his first 18 months of professional football. Last season Arsenal were incredibly inconsistent and eventually ended up eighth, their lowest position since the mid-1990s. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop Saka from assisting the most goals of any Gunners player in an outstanding debut season.
And he’s carried that form into the current player and is arguably the side’s player of the season so far, claiming the last two player of the month awards.
The difference between the impacts of both players isn’t too dissimilar. They’re goalscoring and chance creating youngsters from wide areas. However, how they’ve reached where they are is incredible different and, in my opinion, it makes Saka the better player.