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MEDIA WATCH: All the latest City news and opinion from across this morning's back pages

MEDIA WATCH: All the latest City news and opinion from across this morning's back pages

Manchester City earned a vital three points with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday – and the back pages are full of praise for match-winner Phil Foden after his first Premier League goal.

ESPN’s Michael Cox was impressed, describing the midfielder as a “rare” English talent.

“Foden is hugely talented, with an authority on the ball that is rare among young English central midfielders, and his confidence at such a young age is reminiscent of that shown by Jack Wilshere when he broke through at Arsenal a decade ago,” Cox writes.

“The 18-year-old, though, is more adept with both feet than Wilshere; having already scored on Saturday, he later faked to shoot with his left foot, then checked back onto his right and powered a shot that was gathered by goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

"Foden understands City's system perfectly and his introduction to first-team football has been in a role that Kevin De Bruyne calls the "free eight." In the second half, he played a lovely weighted ball that found substitute Leroy Sane and Foden's substitution with five minutes remaining led to a standing ovation for the homegrown talent.”

READ: Pep reaction | City 1-0 Tottenham

READ: Match Report | City 1-0 Tottenham

Some transfer news now and the Sun’s Phil Thomas saying City are set to launch a move for Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan has starred in Ajax’s Champions League run this term and Thomas says he has a buyout clause inserted into his current deal.

“AJAX golden boy Hakim Ziyech is a £25million summer target for Manchester City,” Thomas writes.

“And that could spark a Manchester shoot-out, with United also keen on the Morocco midfielder.

“Ziyech, 26, has a deal until 2021 but it includes a £25m buy-out.

“He has been a key figure in Ajax’s march to the Champions League semi- finals, scoring in both legs as they knocked Real Madrid out in the last 16.

“Liverpool are also keen and Arsenal and Bayern Munich have previously shown interest, too.

“A £10m buy from Twente in 2016, Ziyech played in all three of Morocco’s 2018 World Cup games and has hit 17 goals for Eredivisie leaders Ajax.”

And, finally, the determination and battling qualities City showed in beating Tottenham were praised by BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty.

“The joy at the final whistle was a mixture of celebration and relief,” McNulty writes. “This was a huge win for City and everyone inside the Etihad knew it.

“City needed to pick themselves up instantly after the crushing disappointment of their Champions League exit in the knowledge that one slip, even if it came in the shape of a draw, could hand the title to Liverpool.

“This was not the fluent City that is their trademark. The other qualities that can make champions came to the fore here - concentration, determination, heart, resilience and character.”

That’s all for this morning’s Media Watch – but stay with us throughout the day here as we continue to bring you all the reaction to Saturday’s crucial win.

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