According to Pep Guardiola, Rico Lewis would be regarded as “one of the best players in the Premier League” if he were “a little bit taller.”
The 18-year-old academy graduate from Etihad Stadium has gained recognition for his performances since making a breakthrough into the senior team in the 2022-23 season. Lewis has accumulated 30 first-team appearances for Manchester City and has solidified his place in the England U21 squad.
Guardiola has effectively utilized Lewis‘ versatility, with the talented teenager showcasing his ability to play in both defense and midfield. Additionally, he has seamlessly embraced the hybrid full-back role, a position that City’s manager has grown fond of.
Lewis has energy to burn, is prepared to put a tackle in and can pick a pass. With all of that taken into account, Guardiola has told reporters of the 5ft 7in prodigy: “If he was a little bit taller he’d be considered one of the best players in the Premier League. He’s an exceptional player. Last season he arrived and started to settle with us, every game he plays to the highest standards. We are really really pleased that an academy player can be a regular player, really pleased.”
Manchester City has secured the benefits of Rico Lewis’ undeniable potential by signing him to a new contract this season. The youngster has committed to the reigning Premier League champions, and his contract now extends until the summer of 2028.