Phil Foden is one of the starlet in this Manchester City’s youth academy who have the potential to make it to the very top in this game. Foden has been supporting the Blues since he was young and have been part of Manchester City academy since he was eight. Phil Foden was awarded with the academy scholarship in 2016.
Phil Foden came into the limelight after the brilliant performance in the Under 17 World Cup, winning the award of the best player of the tournament. Pep Guardiola noticed the talent in the boy earlier. He had an option to keep Foden for the League Cup squad, but he allowed him to play in the under 17 World Cup to gain more exposure in World football.
Phil Foden was included in the Manchester City’s pre season tour squad in United States. After the match against the neighbors Manchester United, Pep Guardiola was very much impressed about Foden’s playing quality. He told, “It’s a long time since I saw something like this. His performance was another level. He’s 17-years-old, he’s a City player, he grew up in the academy, he loves the club, he’s a City fan and for us he’s a gift.”
After the end of the under 17 World Cup, Phil Foden was included in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for the game against Celtic in UEFA Champions League. But he didn’t get the chance to play in the match. He made his Manchester City debut against Feyenoord in the Champions League.
Foden also holds a record of starting a match as an youngest English footballer in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk. Foden made several appearances in the League Cup for Manchester City. He has also featured in three Premier League matches for the club.
The right-footed midfielder’s ball-control ability and passing quality is better than the other players of his age group. He can also be given the role of a ‘playmaker’ in the team. There is one question hovering around the Etihad. — ‘ Is Phil Foden Getting Enough Chances In The Manchester City Side?’
The answer of the question is obviously ‘No’. It is quite impossible for an youngster to take part in the starting lineup in the star studded Manchester City squad. But, with Manchester City way ahead of the other clubs in the Premier League, we can expect Phil Foden to be in the starting lineup for Manchester City in the last few matches of the Premier League.
The player needs more game time to flourish in the European football circuit. Then only we can say that the boyhood supporter of Manchester City will become the Future Of Manchester City under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.