After his first turn in Manchester City’s win over Liverpool, Pep Guardiola says the ‘phenomenal’ Phil Foden can still get even better.
After a quiet first half playing at Anfield as the furthest Blue forward, the 20-year-old found more room as he roamed more in the second half around the front line and started to impact the game more. Ilkay Gundogan’s two assists twice put City in the lead before Foden crowned a glorious display in the second half with a brilliant finish to make it 4-1 against the Premier League champions.
After barely starting in the league between October and January, since then, the graduate of the academy has barely left the team and has shown again why he is still such a key player for Guardiola. Although the City boss would like to see the same rhythm as he shows out widely from him in a central role, his overall consistency can not be denied.
“We and Man City fans are lucky to have a guy from the academy who loves Man City, grew up in our academy supporting and being a fan and a ballboy, and has already become a top, top footballer for us,” he said.
“We struggled a lot in the first half to find him, he was not in the position he should be – that’s why we struggled to find him. He also has some trouble when playing in the center and what he has to do and where he has to go.
He is moving perfectly as a winger right now and the second and fourth goals were exceptional and phenomenal. He’s only 20 years old, and he has a big scope for growth and a little better understanding of the game.
The rhythm he plays in as a winger is a rhythm he has to play in the middle. But he has the time to improve it and his mentality – he always has the feeling he can do something close to the box.”