Pep Guardiola said recently (as per the Sun) that he would never sell Phil Foden, even for a fee of €500m.
Ever since the youngster from Stockport gradually came on the scene for the champions, he has been talked about as a wonderkid.
Having earned the nickname ‘Stockport Iniesta’, the midfielder was steadily handed more and more playing time as last season went on – making a stream of cameos off the bench and even starting a Champions League game.
Indeed, after a phenomenal past two seasons at academy level, winning the U17 World Cup with England and the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, the 19-year-old appears to have a bright future.
Due to all these accomplishments at such a young age, City supporters are begging the question ‘why doesn’t he play more?’, with Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier asking the exact same thing.
Le Tissier, speaking to the Daily Echo, highlighted his thoughts that if Foden were playing elsewhere, he’d be a regular starter.
“These boys could be at much bigger football clubs where perhaps they weren’t getting the chance,” said the former striker.
“You look at Phil Foden at Manchester City who’s not really getting much of a look in.
“I think if he was at Southampton he’d have been playing in the first-team for two or three seasons, so that’s the difference.”
Perhaps the Sky Sports pundit has a case, with the midfielder amassing an impressive 86.4% passing success rate last season from midfield, according to WhoScored – highlighting why Guardiola rates his abilities.
Another huge admirer of Foden’s is England boss Gareth Southgate, who has previously stated that the youngster does have a bright future with the national team.
For now, though, it appears the City man will remain behind the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva in the pecking order and it’s hard to blame him. He’s already won every trophy in England at least during his short career, is part of one of the best squads to have ever been assembled on these shores, playing under an iconic coach and all for the club he supported as a boy.
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