At the messy Rodney Parade at Newport, a new hero emerged at Manchester City.
Phil Foden didn’t care about the poor conditions or risky pitch. He just wanted to show his abilities and did so with an impact by scoring a brace, including two powerful finishes that were far from “easy”.
However, Foden’s energy and drive in a muddy Newport pitch was admirable. He roamed around all over for the Citizens, maintaining a 91% passing accuracy whilst succeeding both his dribbles (stats via Fotmob). If not anything, he proved it’s high time Pep Guardiola uses him more often.
While Foden’s work in Cup competitions- where he’s started almost regularly- has been impressive, it’s in the Premier League he wants to make his mark. With City’s midfielders getting fatigued due to the frequency of games, Foden should be used more often in a central position by Guardiola.
He’s proved how he can not only create chances and go forward with the ball but also fulfil his defensive duties. Foden understood his manager’s complex system over the last year and is ready to be unleashed. Playing him more often in the business end of the season- where City aim to compete for all possible competitions- is a necessity.
Foden brings unpredictability, flair along with that killer instinct to City’s fray. The Citizens should take a leaf out their neighbours book and give one of their own the spotlight now that he’s blossomed into a complete attacker.