By Noel Whelan

4th Nov, 2022 | 2:45pm

Man City have found the 'next Phil Foden' after record-smashing development - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Man City may have found the “next Phil Foden” after Rico Lewis’ record-breaking debut in the Champions League.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the “very confident” 17-year-old had the “perfect debut”.

Lewis scored the equaliser in the 3-1 win over Sevilla on Wednesday (2 November) as Man City finished top of Group G.

The starlet broke new ground in the Champions League, eclipsing the record set by Karim Benzema for the youngest-ever player to score on their first start in the competition.

Right-back Lewis, who was born in Manchester, has made five appearances for Man City – all of which have come in the 2022-23 campaign.

Foden also came through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium and has gone on to rack up 52 goals and 36 assists in nearly 200 games for the club.

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Whelan has hailed the work going on within the Man City youth set-up despite the main focus being on their large transfer spends.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It was the perfect debut for him.

“They got the win they wanted, topped the group – but he looked very confident.

“Man City play exactly the same way, no matter what age – it’s the same formation and style all the way down the age groups.

“As much as they go out and spend a lot of money on the finished article, they also bring players through who could be the finished article.

“We’ve seen Foden come through, and Lewis could be the next Foden off that production line.

“They spend money, but they spend a lot of time nurturing their academy players too.”

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