Paul Merson reveals deserving EPL season’s best player over Man City’s Phil Foden


Arsenal legend, Paul Merson argued that Declan Rice should have been named Premier League Player of the Season instead of Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

Foden had a stellar 2023/24 season with City, scoring 19 goals and providing eight assists, helping his team secure the league title.

However, Merson believes that Rice, who joined Arsenal for £105 million last summer, had a more transformative impact.

Speaking to Sky Sports (via Arsenal Insider), Merson said, “Declan Rice has taken Arsenal to another level. I think Phil Foden has not taken Manchester City to another level. I think he has been outstanding but Declan Rice has taken the Gunners to another level.

“He’s just nearly got them to where Manchester City are. I think he has been consistent the whole season. I mean Phil Foden has been outstanding. But, I am just thinking outside the box, just what I see.”