Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes Phil Foden can be the long-term heir to David Silva's throne at Manchester City, insisting he has now become the "first name on the teamsheet".

Jenas made the admission after watching Foden score twice and claim an assist to help City beat Brighton 4-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening, lifting them up to second in the Premier League table.

In a devastating first half performance, which saw Pep Guardiola's side three goals to the good by half time, Foden scored twice, although he did not know too much about his second, with Gabriel Jesus' goal-bound effort deflecting off him and into the back of the net.

The England international then provided the assist for Riyad Mahrez to net City's fourth of the encounter deep into second half stoppage time.

It was another excellent showing from the City academy graduate and one that justifiably drew special praise from Jenas, who believes Foden's long-term role at City could be to fill the void of left by club legend Silva.

Jenas told BBC Sport's Match of the Day : "He was sensational today. He has gone from, in Pep's eyes, in terms of the message that we need to be patient, into, arguably, being the first name on the teamsheet.

"I think he will end up where David Silva played, eventually; he scores goals, creates, makes things happen and that is the spot I eventually see him in."

Foden has now made nine appearances in all competitions for City this season producing four goals and four assists. His brace against Brighton marked the first time since June last year that he's scored more than once in a Premier League match.

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