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Dean Saunders: Phil Foden should stay at Manchester City

Albeit in vain at the end, that was some goal Phil Foden scored for England U21s in that recent 2-1 defeat to France.

And given his ability, not too many people would have been surprised to have seen him dance through Sylvain Ripoll’s defence before calmly slotting the ball past Paul Bernardoni.

Still, not being a first-team regular yet, it is not something Manchester City supporters got to see too often last season.

One ex-pro, however, does not think that should push Foden into seeking a loan move away from the Etihad. Let us take a look at his verdict in our latest instalment of the Pundit’s Choice feature.

“I personally think he should stay with Guardiola,” Dean Saunders said on talkSPORT. “Training every day and learning from all those great players, it’s going to help him more than going out on loan.

“All the little things they do in training, their patterns of play from the back, he’s going to learn that and get better at it,” the former Liverpool striker concluded.

Of course, every young player, eager and hungry, wants to be playing every week. But Foden is still just 19 years of age; Saunders raises a good point about the England U21 international still being able to learn a lot in training under Guardiola’s incredible regime.

And there is no reason why he cannot feature more regularly next season for the Premier League champions. Guardiola evidently trusts him, handing the Manchester City youth product 26 appearances in all competitions last term.

Factor in David Silva’s age and Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems, and there really could be some big opportunities for Foden coming up.

Furthermore, there is no need for him to push for a loan move just yet.

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Dean Saunders: Phil Foden should stay at Manchester City
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