The young midfielder has received a particularly positive review from one outlet, after a composed 90-minute display in our 3-1 Carabao Cup victory on Tuesday evening.
Elsewhere in the media, Paul Merson says City are still favourites for the Premier League title despite Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table.
Writes Rob Dawson: “Gliding around with his usual rangy elegance, he looked every bit the player City hope he will become.
“He was happy to receive the ball in tight corners as Southampton's players snapped around him, apparently keen to show the fans who made the 450-mile round trip how much they care following the 9-0 mauling by Leicester four days ago.
“He fizzed passes into Bernardo, his midfield partner alongside 18-year-old debutant Tommy Doyle, and was sure of his touch when the ball came back from Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.”
Paul Merson: “It's still in Man City's hands because if they beat Liverpool twice, they'll win the league and that's how good this Man City team is as well.
“For me, if I was Liverpool and drew at home to Man City in a few weeks, I'd be doing cartwheels.”