Former Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy believes Phil Foden will flourish at the club, despite the difficulty of regular game time
The 18-year-old midfielder was compared to Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta following his starring role in City’s Carabao Cup win over Oxford United in September.
However, some have questioned whether Foden would have been wise to follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps by leaving City for a German club.
The teenager has been restricted to just eight substitute appearances in the Premier League, but again made a case for himself by performing superbly in City’s 2-1 win against Hoffenheim in the Champions League.
And, despite the lack of overall action he’s had at City this season, Bellamy is convinced Foden is better off staying at the Etihad Stadium.
“He is definitely, at younger age groups, one of England’s best players coming through and you want to see him get game time. You don’t want to see his development get stalled,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.
“But I actually believe he’s at the right club. He’s definitely with the right manager. He is getting game time, he is involved with the squad. He isn’t maybe getting enough games but he’s 18.
“How many 18-year-olds, at the level Manchester City are this present moment, are really getting regular game time, breaking into their teams?
“You always get the odd one, the odd two exceptions. You know [Lionel] Messi can go in and hold down his position but these are once-in-a-lifetime types of players.
“I do believe he has a future at Manchester City, with the players he’s training with and the manager.
“He’s going to learn so much and actually I do believe he’s going to come through the Man City ranks, get more game time as the season goes on.
“I wouldn’t say next year, I’d say the year after he’d be looking to hopefully establish himself in the first team.”