Phil Foden is said to be frustrated with the lack of playing time at Manchester City after coming off the bench again in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
While he didn’t hurt his chances of a starting spot with a confident performance and a cold-caught goal in the 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Arsenal in midweek, Foden returned to the bench for the game against the struggling Magpies, which would have been the case. deeply dismayed the young man of 20 years.
Pep Guardiola’s comments after the win over the Gunners also heightened fears that Foden may not yet play a key role in City’s Premier League campaign, sources have told Telegraph Sport.
Phil Foden was reportedly dismayed not to have had a starting spot against Newcastle
The 20-year-old returned to the bench despite a goal against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup
“Phil has incredible energy, but in the final decision, the final pass, he has to slow down a bit,” Guardiola said. “He needs experience to be calm in some [moments].
“He plays football at the same pace and football has to be played at different paces.
“Sometimes you have to walk, sometimes you have to have a rhythm and sometimes you have to change the pace.
“In the last third, especially in the area, the best players have patience. They have that second or half a second to be prepared to make a decision.
The England international’s departure in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 15 was his first in the league in nearly two months, despite his form throughout the intervening period.
Foden has played a much bigger role this term than he did at the start of last season, but he believes he can contribute a lot more.
Foden found it difficult to get into City three’s attacking midfielder despite performing well
Guardiola’s move from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 also limited Foden somewhat, as Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne nailed places on the left and in the No.10 role respectively, while Riyad Mahrez or Bernardo Silva are the preferred options on the right.
Foden, however, played twice on the right during Draft Restart in what was a goal-laden return for the midfielder, as he scored once and made another against Liverpool before scoring against Watford in July.
Foden then picked up where he left off in the current campaign by winning City’s second in a 3-1 win over Wolves, where he was again deployed to the right. He hasn’t started in that position since though.
Foden is not at the stage where he wants to leave and gets along well with Pep Guardiola
The Stockport-born designer is not at the stage where he’s looking to move and trusts Guardiola to take his game to new heights.
Guardiola and City have made it known how much they admire Foden, but it will be fascinating to see how the situation develops over the next few months.