Phil Foden is Showing He Can Be Trusted in the Manchester City Midfield

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Phil Foden of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Phil Foden has been showing a lot of potential rising through the ranks at Manchester City, but has been limited in the time he has been given to go out and show it. However, since the Premier League returned last Wednesday, Foden has scored three goals in two games, including a devastating performance on Monday night’s demolition of Burnley.

Phil Foden Showing He Can Be Trusted at Manchester City

Majestic Performance Against Burnley

Phil Foden was majestic at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night. He not only scored a brace but displayed a phenomenal no-look pass to Bernardo Silva in the build-up to David Silva‘s goal – a pass the very best would have been proud of.

“I think that was my best game in a Man City shirt,” Foden told reporters after the game. “I’m still learning every day, I’m still young but I’m happy to put in performances like that.”

Foden scored his first Premier League goal of the season after coming off the bench to add to Arsenal‘s misery on Wednesday night. It didn’t take him long to treble his tally, less than a week in fact.

The 20-year-old is surrounded by tonnes of quality in sky blue. If he can retain a place in the team then he can expect to have many more nights alike.

Beginning of the Phil Foden Era?

With the talent that Foden possesses, he would’ve been forgiven for having looked elsewhere for greater opportunity. Jadon Sancho did jut that. Foden, though, has patiently persisted at Manchester City, whom he supported growing up. The Stockport-born midfielder may be set to reap the rewards for his patience.

City legend David Silva is to depart at the end of the season. It will be the end of an era for the Citizens. Though, they could already have his replacement on the books.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola appears convinced, despite only handing Foden his fourth Premier League start of the season. “We don’t need to spend a pound to replace David Silva. We have Phil Foden in that position,” he said after a 5-0 win over Burnley.

Guardiola has the perfect chance to give Foden all the preparation he needs ahead of what could be a big season.

Manchester City have very little to play for in the league. They are 20 points behind league leaders and champions-elect Liverpool and nine clear of third-place Leicester City. They have nothing to lose and very little to gain, giving ample opportunity to allow Foden to continue to showcase his talents.

Euro’s Chance?

With Euro 2020 now taking place in the summer of 2021, Phil Foden has a year to establish himself in the Manchester City midfield and claim a spot in the England squad.

He won’t be the only one looking to take advantage of the prolonged start date. On the other side of Manchester, Dean Henderson, currently on loan at Sheffield United, will fancy his chances of edging Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as Gareth Southgate’s number one.

 

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