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Thomas Frank names the next England player likely to win the Ballon d’Or

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has endorsed Phil Foden as the English player with the best chance of winning the Ballon d’Or.

The 23-year-old Phil Foden netted a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory against Brentford earlier this month. The Bees manager is cautious of a similar performance ahead of Tuesday’s match at the Etihad Stadium.

Thomas Frank’s Brentford secured the last victory against the defending Premier League champions at their Etihad home. Ivan Toney scored the late winner in a 2-1 triumph in November 2022.

Just 14 days ago, Brentford briefly led Pep Guardiola’s side at the Gtech Stadium before Foden stole the show with three well-taken strikes.

Foden has scored 15 goals in 35 games across all competitions this season, just one goal shy of his best scoring season for City. He has also featured in all but one of their league games this term.

“He’s a very good player.” Said Thomas Frank, whose team has lost eight of their last 10 league matches and currently sits in 14th place, six points above the relegation zone.

“For me, he’s the closest England get to potentially having a Ballon d’Or winner in the future. I think he’s got that potential, that level.

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“I think he influences the game in so many ways. Last game he got on the end of three situations, scored three goals. He’s very good dribbling, he’s very good sliding people in, works very hard.” Said Thomas Frank.

“He seems to have a good mentality. I don’t know him personally, but he looks form the outside to have a very good mentality in terms of working hard.

“He is very good, but there are so many good players; (Kevin) De Bruyne, (Erling) Haaland, Rodri, (Jeremy) Doku, (Julian) Alvarez. The whole team.”

Thomas Frank predicted that his team would need to play “almost the perfect game” to replicate the heroics of last season, where they defeated City at home on the final day. However, he expressed concern that they have been defensively more vulnerable than he would have preferred this campaign.

“In general we’re good defensively, don’t give much away.” he said. “But this season we’ve been giving more away than usual. That’s something we’re trying to adjust.”

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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