Phil Foden has been much more of a regular in Pep Guardiola’s side so far this season but it seems as if the academy graduate feels as if he should be starting a lot more games in the Premier League for the Citizens.
According to a report in The Telegraph, the England international is growing increasingly frustrated with his playing time at Manchester City, which will be a worry for the Citizens considering Real Madrid have recently been linked with a move for the creative midfielder.
Following David Silva’s departure in the summer, Foden was perhaps expecting a lot more game time in Guardiola’s side this season but has been limited to just five starts in the Premier League.
Whilst he is well on track to surpass the 12 starts he made in the top-flight and Champions League last season, the youngster clearly feels that he warrants more game time in the Premier League.
Considering he featured in all six of City’s Champions League group stage matches and averaged a superb 7.22 rating for his performances, it seems baffling that the Spanish manager is so reluctant to start him in the Premier League, as he now hasn’t started consecutive top-flight games since October.
The 20-year-old is destined for a huge future with Manchester City, with Guardiola having described him as the most talented player he’s ever worked with, despite working with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Robert Lewandowski in his career.
The Spanish manager discussed the youngster recently, saying:
“He has incredible energy for a guy of 20-years-old but [in] still the final decision, the final pass, he has to slow down a little bit.”
Therefore, it seems clear that whilst Foden believes he is ready to be one of the first names on the teamsheet in Guardiola’s side, the former Barcelona boss still feels that he needs to fine-tune his ability.
Of course, Foden has a lot of competition in the attacking-midfield spot, as he is up against one of the world’s best in Kevin De Bruyne but Guardiola must eventually find a way to fit both players into his starting team on a regular basis, otherwise, he risks losing Foden’s generational talent.