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Best player in the country’… Ally McCoist shares who he thinks is better right now – Bukayo Saka or Phil Foden

Ally McCoist believes Manchester City star Phil Foden is the ‘best player in the country’ right now – above Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

There has long been a debate about who’s the better talent between Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka. Both players have excelled after coming through the ranks at their boyhood clubs.

Saka has established himself as Arsenal’s talisman over the past couple of seasons.

Foden had previously struggled to nail down a place in Pep Guardiola’s star-studded City side.

But this season has been a different story for the 23-year-old as he’s become a key man at the Etihad Stadium.

Inevitably, Foden’s form has led to comparisons with Arsenal’s main man Saka. And Ally McCoist believes that Foden is marginally the better of the two right now.

McCoist says Foden is better than Saka
Speaking on TalkSPORT (4/3 8:53 am), McCoist explained why he believes Foden is the best player in the Premier League on current form.

Who’s the best player? I actually maybe agree that at the moment that Foden is technically more gifted and at this moment in time in current form I think he’s the better of the two players,” he said.

“I love Saka and just as a matter of interest, I’m probably playing Saka on the right, Foden on the left and Harry Kane through the middle in my international team.

“But, Saka’s form when it dipped a little bit a couple of weeks back which is understandable and everybody can accept it because it happens to all players.

“He has bounced back, his form with Odegaard in particular has been exceptional, but I just think Foden at this moment in time might be the best player in the country.

But that’s not to take anything away from Saka who I think is an excellent player but I think Foden is the best player in the country at this moment in time

Foden has netted 18 times and provided 10 assists in all competitions this season. Saka has bagged 16 goals and registered 13 assists in comparison.

But of course, there is more to football than statistics and both players have been key to their sides’ success this term.

It’s only natural to compare the two as both will have a key role to play in the title race, as well as England’s hopes in this summer’s Euros.

Yet, you can appreciate the brilliance of both players without drawing comparisons.

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