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Manchester City: Phil Foden needs first-team football, says Tony Cottee

Manchester City: Phil Foden needs first-team football, says Tony Cottee

‘He needs to play’ – Tony Cottee frustrated with City youngster

Former Premier League footballer Tony Cottee has outlined his frustration over Manchester City youngster Phil Foden’s amount of game time, suggesting that the 19-year-old searches for more minutes despite making a positive early impression in his burgeoning City career.

Foden has enjoyed a glittering start to his short career, with success in club and international football – having become a two-time Premier League champion as well as an Under-17 World Cup winner.

Cottee believes that Foden should be demanding to be more involved in the City team, and should seek regular football elsewhere if it is not to be forthcoming at the Etihad Stadium.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, he said: “I’m really frustrated with Phil Foden. He is an unbelievable, outstanding young footballer, but he’s got to play. If you’re sitting on the bench, yes, people will say he’s training with the first team, but it’s not the same as playing.

“You have to get the game time and experience. He needs to play. If I was Phil Foden, I would be banging on that door every single week and saying, ‘I want to play and if you’re not going to play me, I’m going out on loan’.

“He’s 19 now, and your career goes so quickly. You need to be in the first team and you’ve got to be playing.”

Foden scored seven goals last season, but only made 11 senior starts as City romped to a historic treble in 2018/19.

With just 11 minutes of football to his name this season, it could be argued that Foden will not be afforded too many more opportunities down the line compared to last year.

Meanwhile, the task of having to dislodge teammates Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva from starting in his central midfield role is surely not worth attempting – especially with the duo supplying City’s attack with 10 assists between them already this season.

The likes of Ilkay Gundogan could also be in his way in terms of securing first-team opportunities in City colours, so perhaps Foden should indeed take the advice of Cottee for the sake of his career.

Manchester City fans – would you welcome an opportunity for Foden to get regular game time on loan? Or could he replace someone in this City team? Let us know by commenting in the discussion below!

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