The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern were hailing the impact of Raheem Sterling the other night after his late strike secured a 1-0 victory over Feyenoord.
The Dutch champions made City work hard for three points last night as they came within minutes of halting an incredible run of 16 straight victories in all competitions, but Sterling stepped up to produce a marvellous chip and clinch victory with just 2 minutes of regulation time to play in Manchester. City’s 5th straight win in the Champions League confirmed they will progress to the knockout stages of the competition as winners of Group F.
Although Sterling grabbed most of the headlines for his late-strike, the professional debut of City’s 17-year-old wonder-kid Phil Foden was certainly a key talking point in the aftermath of proceedings.
Former Manchester City captain and current BT Sport pundit Richard Dunne, stated that he would like to see Phil Foden move to La Liga outfit Girona on loan next season.
Dunne’s argument is certainly founded on justified logic as Foden’s technical ability appears well-suited to the demands of the Spanish top division.
However, the fact that Guardiola is already looking to expose Foden to the first-team strongly suggests that he is ready for the step-up to Premier League football in the very near future.
By remaining at Manchester City, Foden will be able to train alongside some of the best players in European football on a regular basis and learn from a manager who clearly has plenty of faith in Foden’s ability.
Although Foden will find it tough to break into the first-team, he should bide his time at the club and learn from the pool of talented players around him in the coming seasons rather than seek a loan move to La Liga.