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By Chris Waddle
Former England international
Where’s Phil Foden? It is a puzzle to me.
England will win Euro 2020 next summer and Manchester City’s teenage midfielder ought to maintain Gareth Southgate’s side to help them try.
If he was playing for City in the Premier League, he then would be doing exactly the exact same for England. I don’t have any doubt about this.
At 19, he’s able to do both – he is that unique. As well as his skill is that he gets in the box.
I was moaning that did not happen frequently enough when I had been co-commentating on England’s match against Kosovo earlier this season, also he could be the response – a midfielder that makes and scores goals, that will be something supervisor Southgate does not have at the moment.
But he appears to be stuck on the fringes of both City’s first group and we are made to wonder why he is not getting any sport time this season while his supervisor Pep Guardiola tells everyone he is the most gifted player he’s ever seen.
It does not add up. I am not stating that Foden should leave City. But I’m considering his development, and something needs to change.
He wants to be playing top-level football and he should be asking Guardiola why he is not giving him any if he charges him highly.
If I had been him, I’d be yanking at Guardiola’s door , saying:’Look, I want to play since I’m missing out on numerous opportunities here.’
We know how good Foden is against opponents, also for England Under-21s. I want to see him tested in the Premier League.
When he’s recovered from a stomach bug, then I anticipate Foden will receive his first competitive club beginning of this year against Championship side Preston on Tuesday at the Carabao Cup (19:45 BST).
However he has already made his mark on such contest, when he made his breakthrough in the first team .
Repeating the same routine as last term – when played in 25 matches, but mainly started against lower-division opposition in the first rounds of the national cups and a few dead rubber Champions League matches – wouldn’t signify progress, and it is also not exactly what he needs.
It is and Foden has gone backward from 2018-19.
At this phase of last year, he had played 36 minutes – like stoppage time – of soccer in the first six league games of City.
Just a year old on, so much he has had just 16 minutes, again when you count added time, which came after he had been brought on late at City’s opening-weekend triumph in West Ham. It’s inadequate.
Yesif he was well enough, it is possible to argue he may have been given a more game time at the previous week, in City’s persuasive Champions League triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk or their 8-0 devastation of Watford.
But I am not convinced that could have been the case. He had been left on the bench as an substitute to their four Premier League games – from Brighton, Bournemouth, Tottenham and Norwich – and it seems that his situation has not actually changed.
I could understand Foden is not currently playing. City have got so many celebrity names and big hitters who are playing well, therefore Foden faces a struggle just to get on the pitch ahead of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva or even Bernardo Silva.
Chelsea’s emerging players ‘ in a different situation due to their club’s transfer embargo, but Foden has to have seen Blues forward Mason Mount come on in England’s past two Euro 2020 qualifiers and thought:’That should’ve been me’
Foden has shown his talent when he’s performed with the England Under-21 team – appear at the goals he scored – but that is.
It has meant he has fallen in the pecking order, and there are four or four players ahead of him for a place in the senior squad now.
That’s not going to change while he is a bit-part player at City.
We have heard Guardiola say Foden is not assertive enough, and so the first thing I’d do if I were him is go and speak to his manager, and inquire exactly what the situation is.
I am sure it has been talked about by them . Foden is seen by most as being the natural successor to David Silva, who’s leaving City at the season’s close, and it might be the Guardiola has advised him that he will finally get his location.
But that does not help him and it is not enough to just say he is among the future.
Football does not work like this and this season will go quickly should Foden doesn’t do something about his situation. He could wind up squandering it.
Foden signed up a contract in the end of this past year at Etihad Stadium, but of course he’s some options about what happens next.
There have been plenty of other cases of gifted young players not getting their opportunity who put their nightclubs under pressure to play with them like Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea, for example – or decided they needed to depart.
Although Jadon Sancho was courageous enough to leave City permanently for Borussia Dortmund in 2017, mount went last season, and these days he’s becoming his reward.
He’s miles ahead of him in how his career has improved, although he is older than Foden just 64 days.
By acquiring matches Each of these names I have previously have done things differently to Foden. It there are going to be players after them, and has helped them get into the England team.
Foden gains from instruction daily alongside the rest of City team, and beneath Guardiola – and I know the argument why this is great for him.
But if he only keeps doing this, he might end up as the forgotten man of England.
He desires first-team football. He’ll be watching Euro 2020 about the TV while he’s on holiday with his mates if he fails to get it.
That is what Foden has to think about if he’s got the opportunity to depart City on loan at January. Why wait any longer?
Chris Waddle was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
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