Phil Foden showcased his talent once again when he scored the clinching goal last night after coming on in the 90th minute of the match.
England’s bright young hope is seeing stagnation in development due to low playing minutes this season.
This wasn’t caused by Foden’s bad performances, but rather by an enormous competition in Manchester City midfield.
Foden only played 10 Premier League minutes this season, far too low for one of the England’s biggest hopes.
Pep Guardiola already apologized for not playing Foden more often, but the playing time still isn’t on the horizon.
However, with the performances like making use of four minutes last night, perhaps Foden can get his hands on more minutes in the future.
He was asked about this issue, and according to Football365, he replied:
“I am always itching to play.
“But if you look at the players ahead of me it is quite difficult.
“I just think it is all about being patient and wanting to improve every day and waiting for the opportunity. Here I was happy to make the most of it.”
Foden pointed to Manchester City badge on his jersey, kissing it and perhaps sending the message that he won’t leave even though many advise him to do so.
When Pep Guardiola was asked about this, he said:
“He deserves to play.
“I want to give him minutes. Every time he doesn’t play I’m completely unfair to him. I’m sorry.”
“But he has Kevin De Bruyne there, (Ilkay) Gundogan, David Silva, Bernardo (Silva), Rodri. It is what it is. I am so sorry but he has to be patient.
“The best way to grow up is to play minutes, I know, but he’s so young. I don’t know how many players of his age have played so many minutes. He’s going to be incredible in the future.”
Guardiola already hailed Foden as the most talented player he’s managed, which could be an exaggeration, since he has managed Lionel Messi, after all.