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John Barnes claims Manchester City star Rico Lewis would ‘struggle’ at Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United

  • February 09, 2023
Rico Lewis has made just 15 appearances for Man City so far (Photo: Getty)

Promising Manchester City star Rico Lewis would ‘struggle’ at Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United, John Barnes claims.

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However, he says this is not a slight on the 18-year-old who has been ‘very impressive’ in his breakthrough season.

Lewis made his senior debut last August but really emerged on people’s radars when he scored on his first start in the Champions League win over Sevilla in November.

The right-back has featured more frequently since then and is now set to play a much bigger role for City following the departure of Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich on deadline day.

So far he has proven to be more than capable of handling himself in the big games starting in wins over Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea twice.

‘I’ve been very impressed with Rico Lewis,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets, with the Reds legend claiming that the teenager is perfectly placed to succeed at the Etihad.

‘I saw him play against Liverpool [in the Carabao Cup] and he was very good. He has a great personality and he is not scared of having the ball in tough situations.

John Barnes has been impressed with Lewis’ performances (Photo: Getty)

‘And he really understands Manchester City’s values because he was brought up with it. I’m very pleased with him. I believe that they really have faith in him and trust that he is the future for the club in that position.

‘He grew up in the City youth system so he understands his role. If you put him in the Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester United team he may struggle or just not get in the team.

‘He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s brave on the ball which you have to be to play for Man City and for young players it’s difficult so he’s doing fantastically well.

‘I’m not going to get carried away and say he’s the first name on the team sheet because he isn’t. In the big games you’ll see the likes of [Kyle] Walker so let Lewis develop slowly and he’ll be a great player.

‘I’m not sure that he will play week-in week out already but he definitely will in the future. He has a very bright future ahead of him.’

Lewis will be hoping he can help City close the gap to Arsenal in the title race in their next match on Sunday when they’ll host Aston Villa.

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