It’s been arguably a perfect season for Man City, with Pep Guardiola’s men looking dominant from the outset and throughout. Every member of the Citizens’ squad has excelled, and that’s due in large part to the brilliant management of Guardiola following what was a tough first season in England.
However, for all of his traits, one skill that Guardiola has lacked thus far is the ability to bring through young players. Backed with incredible sums of money, he’s been hesitant to give much of a chance to any of the very talented youngsters plying their trade at Man City.
Next season, particularly if Guardiola wants to plan long-term, that needs to change. One player that has had a bit-part role this season is young Phil Foden, and next season, our landlord thinks that needs to turn into much more of a prominent one.
After all, the young Englishman is arguably the jewel in the Man City’s academy crown.
An attacking midfielder by trade, there’s arguably not a more difficult team to break into in that position than Man City’s – but that could work in Foden’s favour. He’d get no better training at any other side, with Pep Guardiola – and the players that he selects – undoubtedly the best trainers for Foden.
He’s shown in glimpses over the last year or so just what he can do, and he’s at a stage in which he’ll be eager to take that to the next level. His quality with the ball is undeniable, with the Englishman providing sensational skill – especially when driving towards defences.
He’s also solid from set-pieces, which is a highly undervalued trait, whilst his pace and work-rate will also endear him to Pep Guardiola
Granted, at 17-years-old, he’s far from at his best, but his potential is huge. He’s had a slow introduction over the last year or so, with occasional minutes domestically and in Europe, and next step, his natural evolution will be to become more of a first-team regular.
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