Phil Foden wouldn’t have the identical affect that Bukayo Saka is having within the present Arsenal staff, Emile Heskey believes.
Saka, 19, has been one of many Gunners’ most vital gamers this season with six targets and three assists.
His newest aim got here in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Benfica within the Europa League last-32 first leg conflict.
Regardless of Foden’s 11 targets and 6 assists for Man City this time period, former Liverpool striker Heskey would nonetheless take Saka over the 20-year-old in Arsenal’s beginning XI.
He instructed talkSPORT: “It’s tough to separate them. I feel he’s carried out incredible.
“For a younger lad to take the whole lot on his head as a result of nobody else is de facto pulling their very own weight.
“Every part appears to be going via him at such a younger age, 19.
“I don’t suppose Foden would have the identical affect within the Arsenal staff [as Saka].”
Foden and Saka will each be competing for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 this summer season.
And chatting with talkSPORT, Gary Lineker believes the flexibility of Saka, who can play as a winger, full-back or central midfielder, provides him a ‘large benefit’ over his competitors.
The previous Three Lions striker mentioned: “He’s acquired versatility to his sport which will definitely assist him however you must keep in mind within the huge areas we’ve acquired an exceptional quantity of expertise.
“He can play anyplace which might be an enormous benefit to him and he’s been good however if you happen to have a look at who we’ve acquired: Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Callum Hudson-Odoi. The listing goes on.
“There’s a variety of competitors however his performances have been good, significantly as Arsenal have struggled in some ways.
“For a teen to face up underneath these circumstances is a very good signal.”