Ilkay Gundogan believes Phil Foden is the "type of player" Manchester City need in order for them to be successful.

The Germany international made the admission after Foden delivered another excellent performance to help City beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday teatime.

After Gundogan had opened the scoring at Brighton, Foden scored twice in the first half to put City in complete control on the south coast, before Riyad Mahrez netted a fourth — courtesy of Foden's assist — deep into second half stoppage time to secure a third successive victory in all competitions for Pep Guardiola's side.

Deployed in the false nine role, supported by Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish on either side of him, Foden was nothing short of outstanding, with his performance lauded by pundits and teammates alike.

Gundogan hailed Foden in his post-match interview, talking about how much the 'Stockport Iniesta' offers to City.

"He's amazing," Gundogan told City's club website. "He was already last season and is also this season. He's exactly the type of player we need to be successful.

"Today he was exceptional again. It doesn't matter if he plays up front or on the left, with his mobility, his movements and his smell for the danger, he can help us in every single position.

"We are very pleased that we have him. We will try to support him as much as possible so that he continues the way he is playing."

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