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From Chris Waddle
Former England international
Where is Phil Foden? It is a puzzle to me.
England will win Euro 2020 following summertime and Manchester City’s teenage midfielder ought to maintain Gareth Southgate’s side that will help them attempt.
If he was playing regularly for City in the Premier League, he then would do exactly the same for England. I have no doubt about this.
At 19, he’s good enough to do – he is that special. Also as his ability is he puts from the box.
I had been moaning that that did not happen frequently enough when I was co-commentating on England’s game against Kosovo earlier this season, and he would be the answer – a midfielder that scores and makes goals, which can be something supervisor Southgate does not have in the present time.
However he seems to be stuck to the fringes of all City’s first team and we’re made to wonder why he isn’t getting any sport time this year while his manager Pep Guardiola tells everyone he’s the most gifted player he’s ever seen.
It doesn’t add up. I am not stating that City must be left by Foden . But I am considering his evolution, and something needs to change.
He wants to be playing top-level football and he must be asking Guardiola why he isn’t giving him if he rates him highly.
If I had been him, I would be yanking Guardiola’s door , saying:’Look, because I am missing out on chances here, I want to play.’
We understand how great Foden is from opponents that are lower-division, and for England Under-21s. Now I want to see him tested from the Premier League.
If he has recovered from a stomach bug, then I expect Foden will get his very first competitive club beginning of this year against Championship side Preston on Tuesday from the Carabao Cup (19:45 BST).
However he has made his mark on such competition, when he left his breakthrough in the first team .
Repeating the identical routine as last word – when played in 25 matches, but largely began against lower-division resistance in the first rounds of the national cups and some dead rubber Champions League matches – would not signify progress, and it’s also not exactly what he needs.
It is Premier League moments that count and Foden has really gone backward from 2018-19.
At this phase of last season, he had played with 36 minutes – including stoppage period – of top-flight football in the first six league matches of City.
Just a year on, so much he has had just 16 minuteswhen you count additional time, which came after he was brought on overdue in City’s opening-weekend win in West Ham. It’s not enough.
Yes, if 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 convincing Champions League triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk or their 8-0 devastation of Watford.
But I am uncertain that could have been the case. He had been left on the bench as an substitute to their other four Premier League matches – against Norwich, Bournemouth, Brighton and Tottenham – and it seems that his position has not actually changed.
Of course, I can understand why Foden isn’t currently enjoying much. City have got so many celebrity names and big hitters who are playing well, so Foden faces a battle merely to get on the pitch before Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva or even Bernardo Silva.
Chelsea’s emerging players are in a different situation because of their club transfer embargo, but Foden must have seen Blues forward Mason Mount come on in England’s past two Euro 2020 qualifiers and thought:’That should have been me.’
Foden has shown his ability when he’s performed for the England Under-21 team – look at the goals that he scored this past month – but that is the sole stage he has had.
It has meant he’s dropped from the pecking order behind Mount, and now there are probably four or four players before him for a spot in the squad right now.
While he’s a bit-part participant at City, that is not likely to change.
We’ve heard Guardiola state Foden isn’t assertive enough, therefore the first thing I would do if I had been him is go and talk to his supervisor, and inquire exactly what the situation is.
I am certain that it has been talked about by them . Most see foden as being the successor to David Silva, who’s leaving City at the season’s close, and it may be the Guardiola has advised him that he will get his location.
But that does not help him and it is not enough to simply say he’s among the long run any more.
Football does not work like this and if Foden does not do anything about his position, the season will proceed very quickly. He could end up squandering it.
A six-year contract was signed by foden in Etihad Stadium but obviously he’s some choices about what occurs next.
There have been lots of other cases of gifted young players not getting their chance who either put their nightclubs under pressure to perform with them more – like Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea, for example – or decided they had to leave.
Mount went ahead a year ago, although Jadon Sancho was brave enough to leave City permanently for Borussia Dortmund at 2017, and these days he’s getting his reward.
He is older than Foden, however he’s miles ahead of him.
By getting games, Each have done things differently to Foden. It has helped them get into the England team, and you also are going to be players after them also.
Foden gains from instruction every day under Guardiola, and together with the rest of the star-studded squad of City – and that I know the argument.
But if he keeps doing that, he might wind up as England man.
He desires first-team soccer. He will be seeing Euro 2020 on the TV while he is on vacation with his mates if he fails to get it.
That’s what if he’s got the opportunity to leave City on loan in January Foden must think about. Why wait any longer?
Chris Waddle was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
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