Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Championship midfielder David Norris believes Manchester City could easily have lost Phil Foden.
Foden was a revelation for Manchester City last season, scoring nine goals in 28 appearances as Pep Guardiola’s side went on to win the Premier League title.
The PFA Young Player of the Year, however, has not always been a regular at the Etihad, and Norris thinks a lack of starts in the past could have forced him out of the club.
Discussing City’s track record with youngsters, such as Jadon Sancho and Eric Garcia, the ex-Leeds United star said:
“It’s hard to keep everyone happy and when you’ve got the younger players coming through, they’re potentially still seen as a little bit of a risk.
“Man City, they need big names, players who are going to come in and do it straight away.
“It could easily have happened with Foden. They obviously wanted to really keep him. A couple of years ago when he was a bit part and everyone was saying he should go out and get games, they stuck with it and it’s paid off.”
Indeed, in the end, staying at Manchester City instead of going out on loan or leaving the club was the best decision.
Foden has developed into a fine player under Guardiola, and quite quickly one might add given that he is still just 21 years of age, evident from the individual awards he was won this year.