He was fondly known coming through the ranks as the Stockport Iniesta and initially seen as the next David Silva, but Phil Foden defied such simplistic comparisons long ago.

As far back as two summers ago, Pep Guardiola saw the Manchester City youngster as capable enough to plug any gap when Bayern Munich came calling for Leroy Sane. When the German giants finally got their man a year later, faith was put in Foden to cover for both the departing winger and the farewell from club legend David Silva.

Representing his country against Scotland in the European Championship, the marauding, shapeshifting 21-year-old showed signs of both players.

One minute he was teasing in the pockets, positioned between the Scotland defence and midfield to receive the ball and try to magic the ball through for Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling. The next he was plucking the ball exquisitely from the air and running fast and direct at the backline, jinking one way and the other trying to slalom a way through himself.

All of which goes to show that the City youngster is not a carbon copy of any player but has the best attributes of some of the best players in his back pocket, ready to use as needed.

As well as the craft, there was graft. No England player ran more than Foden in the first half as he hared up, down and across the pitch trying to help his team and recycling possession whenever he could. Operating predominantly from a position on the right wing, it was hard not to think of Bernardo Silva.

Bernardo has been one of City's most important players in two of their three title wins with his endless energy, selfless nature and flexibility but could be set for a summer departure with Barcelona and Atletico both interested in his signature.

Losing Bernardo would be a blow for Guardiola, and not one that they could afford to happen without a response. However, the skillset of Foden means that City don't necessarily have to think of a like-for-like replacement.

Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa captain that City have lined up as an attainable target this summer should a player such as Bernardo leave, is more of a playmaker than Bernardo but less of a running machine. That is less of an issue though if Foden is able to take on more of the burden on the right along with Riyad Mahrez (and potentially Cole Palmer helping out both areas in the cups).

For a third consecutive summer, Foden's flexibility could help City's transfer plans as his ability to do so much means Guardiola doesn't have to worry about direct replacements elsewhere in his midfield and attack.