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Manchester City: Pep Guardiola must unleash Phil Foden against Wolves

Manchester City are back in action tonight with an away clash against Wolves for their latest attempt to close in on the Premier League title.

Their previous game saw the Citizens pick up a comfortable 5-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Goals from Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden sealed the three points for the home side and boosted their goal difference for the season.

That win will have put Pep Guardiola’s side in a good frame of mind and full of confidence to secure a positive result against Bruno Lage’s men at Molineux.

On the chalkboard

One man who was not in the starting XI on Sunday but still ended up playing a big part in the game was Foden, who should be in from the beginning to take on Wolves tonight.

Having replaced Gabriel Jesus in the 63rd minute at the weekend, the Englishman added City’s fourth goal of the game and played a big part in their fifth.

With 16 touches of the ball in total, the 21-year-old completed all 13 passes he attempted and ultimately earned himself an overall match rating of 7.3/10 from SofaScore.

Throughout the current campaign, the youngster has scored 14 goals and provided 11 assists in 43 appearances across all competitions.

Should Phil Foden start against Wolves?

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This not only highlights how important he is for Guardiola in terms of how often he plays, but also how much of an attacking and creative threat he is for the team.

The City manager previously lauded the England international for the “special quality” that he has, which has undoubtedly been a key factor for the team this season.

To further highlight what a deadly player the £81m-rated star is, only Gabriel Jesus (17) and Joao Cancelo (15) have racked up more goal-creating actions for City than him this season (13). This shows just how terrifying a prospect he could be for the Wolves defence.

Taking into account how the Old Gold have only conceded 34 goals in 35 league games throughout the campaign, the best record of any team outside the top three, having a player like Foden in from the beginning could be the best way for City to pick up another win and take a step closer to retaining the league title.

Also, with the Midlands club snatching a late point at Chelsea after being 2-0 down by the 58th minute last weekend, City will need to be at the top of their game once again to make sure they don’t fall into the same trap as Thomas Tuchel’s men.

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Article title: Manchester City: Pep Guardiola must unleash Phil Foden against Wolves

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