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From Chris Waddle
Former England international
Where’s Phil Foden? It’s a mystery to me.
England will win Euro 2020 following 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 the same for England. I have no doubt about that.
At 19, he’s able to do both – he’s that special. As well as his ability on the ball, what I really like about Foden is that he puts in the box.
I was moaning that did not happen frequently enough when I was co-commentating about England’s match against Kosovo earlier this season, and he would be the answer – a midfielder who makes and scores goals, which will be something supervisor Southgate doesn’t have in the moment.
However he appears to be stuck on the fringes of all City’s first group and we’re left to wonder why he is not getting any game time this year while his manager Pep Guardiola tells everyone he’s the most talented player he has ever seen.
It does not add up. I am not saying that Foden has to leave City, far away from it. But I am thinking of his evolution, and something should change.
He wants to be playing top-level football now, and he should be asking Guardiola why he isn’t giving him any if he charges him highly.
If I were him, I would be kicking at the door of Guardiola down, saying:’Look, I need to play since I am missing out on opportunities here.’
We know how good Foden is against lower-division opponents, also for England Under-21s. Now I wish to see him tested from the Premier League.
When he’s recovered from a stomach bug, I anticipate Foden will get his very first competitive club beginning of the year against Championship side Preston on Tuesday from the Carabao Cup (19:45 BST).
But he has already made his mark on such competition, when he left his breakthrough in the first team last season.
Repeating the same pattern as last term – when performed 25 matches, however largely started against lower-division resistance in the first rounds of the national cups and some dead rubber Champions League matches – wouldn’t represent improvement, and it’s also not exactly what he desires.
It is and, in that regard, Foden has gone backwards from 2018-19.
At this stage of last season, he had played with 36 minutes – including stoppage time – of soccer in City’s first six league matches.
Just a year on, so far he has had only 16 minuteswhen you count additional time, which all came later he was brought on overdue in City’s opening-weekend win in West Ham. It’s not enough.
Yesif he had been well enough, it is possible to argue he would have been given a little more game time at the previous week, even in City’s persuasive Champions League triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk or their 8-0 destruction of Watford.
But I am uncertain that would have been the situation. He had been left on the bench as an substitute for their additional four Premier League matches – against Tottenham, Bournemouth, Brighton and Norwich – and it appears that his position has not actually changed.
I can understand Foden is not currently enjoying. City have got so many star names and big hitters that are playing well, so Foden faces a battle just to get on the pitch ahead of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva or Bernardo Silva.
Chelsea’s emerging players are in a different position because of their club’s move embargo, but Foden must have observed Blues forward Mason Mount come on in England’s past two Euro 2020 qualifiers and thought:’That should’ve been me.’
Foden has shown us his ability when he has played with the England Under-21 team – appear at the goals that he scored this month – but that is the platform he’s had.
It’s meant he’s dropped from the order behind Mount, and there are probably four or five players ahead of him for a place in the senior squad right now.
While he’s a participant at City that is not going to change.
We’ve heard Guardiola state Foden isn’t assertive enough, so the first thing I’d do if I were him is go and speak to his manager, and inquire what the circumstance is.
I am certain that it has been talked about by them . Most see foden as being the natural successor to David Silva, who’s departing City at the season’s close, and it could be the Guardiola has told him he will get his location.
But that does not help him and it isn’t enough to say he is among the long run.
Football does not work like that and this season will proceed, if Foden does not do a thing about his situation. He could wind up wasting it.
Obviously he’s some options about what occurs next, although a six-year contract was signed by foden at Etihad Stadium in the end of this past year.
There have been plenty of other cases of gifted young players not receiving their opportunity who either put their clubs under pressure to perform them like Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea, for example – or determined they needed to depart.
While Jadon Sancho was courageous enough to leave City permanently for Borussia Dortmund at 2017, mount went ahead a year ago, and currently he is currently getting his reward.
He’s miles ahead of him, although He’s older than Foden just 64 days.
Every one have done things differently into Foden, by acquiring games. It has helped them get in the England team, and now there are going to be additional players after them also.
Foden gains from instruction daily alongside the rest of City’s star-studded squad, and beneath Guardiola – and that I understand the debate.
But if he just keeps doing that, he might end up as the forgotten man of England.
He needs first-team football. He will be seeing Euro 2020 about the TV while he is on holiday with his teammates if he does not get it.
That’s what if he has the opportunity to depart City on loan in 19, Foden has to consider. Why wait?
Chris Waddle was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
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