Manchester City progressed through to the fourth round of the League Cup with a 6-1 win over League One outfit Wycombe on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola named a youthful side, with five academy products in the XI, and saw his side go 1-0 down after 22 minutes. However, goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez (2), Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and Cole Palmer secured a comfortable win for the Cityzens in the end.
The win stretches City’s unbeaten run to six games in all competitions, with a mammoth trip to Chelsea coming up next in the Premier League.
Did any players play their way into the XI for the Chelsea clash? Well, one player who must have caught Pep’s eye with his performance was midfielder Phil Foden.
The England international was instrumental in everything City managed to do going forward, stringing pieces of play together and being directly involved in three of the six goals. His delicious pass out wide to De Bruyne set up the Belgian’s equaliser before he belted in City’s third goal and then set up Torres for a tap-in with a sublime ball across the box.
Defensively, with four of his five ground duels won, Foden put a shift in and worked hard for the team in central midfield. However, it was at the other end where he showcased his best qualities. Per SofaScore, he created a whopping seven chances for his teammates, whilst also completing nine of his 10 long pass attempts.
He was also successful with four of his five attempted dribbles, showing that he produced an all-around attacking display as he created chances, scored a goal, passed well and was able to carry the team up the pitch.
The midfielder had 90 touches of the ball, highlighting how he was able to dictate the flow of the match throughout the game, bossing the middle of the park and contributing heavily to the eventual victory.
Therefore, he must have caught Pep’s eye as it was a stunning display where his best qualities shone in full view, which could improve his chances of making the XI against Chelsea.
Foden has played just 18 minutes of Premier League action this term and this showing against Wycombe could tempt the manager to start him for the first time this season in the league when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.