Chris Sutton has praised Arsenal star for the impact he made from the bench during England’s 3-3 draw against Germany in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley on Monday night.
The former striker thinks Saka has provided England boss Gareth Southgate with a ‘headache’ because he now has some big calls to make regarding his starting XI ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Against Italy last Friday, Saka, who operates as a right winger for Arsenal, was used as a left-sided wing-back and it’s fair to say that it didn’t work out.
But with England losing to the Germans, Saka was brought on from the bench to play in his usual role, and surprise, surprise, he made the ball talk, including playing a huge part in the equalising goal.
It seems as though if Saka is to start England’s opening game against Iran in Qatar, then he might have to dethrone Manchester City star, Phil Foden, from the starting XI.
That was touched upon by Sutton, who feels that Arsenal’s Hale-End academy product is a ‘different sort of player’ to Foden, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“I like Saka,” said Sutton. “I think he has given Gareth (Southgate) a nice headache, in respect of Foden, who is a really excellent player.
“Saka is a different sort of player. He is more of a dribbler. But good to see something pay off for Southgate.”
SAKA OR FODEN?
Ideally, England fans would love to see both players in the starting XI, but if Southgate plays a back five, then they will be competing for the same spot.
It seems as though that’s the road Southgate will go down in Qatar, with the Three Lions opening their campaign against Iran.
Even though England will be playing a team they are far superior to, it still probably wouldn’t push the man behind the tactics to be more forward-thinking and attacking.