Why 2020-21 will be the breakthrough season for Phil Foden.
Updated: May 4
Foden, who is the youngest English player to start in a Champions League match is very well known for his ability to have multiple-preferred positions.
Mason Mount - Tammy Abraham - Reece James. Frank Lampard has actually set the bar high for young players making the break-through this season in Premier League. But one man, who can break that bench-mark and could possibly better it could be the young England sensation, Phil Foden. We predict the 2020-21 season to the path-breaking season for Foden due to a variety of reasons. Check out the blog to know more!
Retirement of David Silva:
The midfield maestro David Silva had earlier announced that this summer will be the last season for him in the Premier League. Through the course of his career, Silva has recorded 57 goals and 90 assists in 301 appearances. He ranks 7th on the all-time lists for assists. The retirement of the Spanish magician will possibly increase the game time for Foden. Perhaps replacing one of the best midfielders in the Premier League will be huge boots to fill in for the youngster. But the youngster has already had a liking to the big stage having won the 'Golden Ball' in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Increase in Game-time, Versatile player:
Foden, who is the youngest English player to start in a Champions League match is very well known for his ability to have multiple-preferred positions. It is no secret that Pep's preferred formation at City is 4-3-3, hog possession to have full control of the game. Foden's preferred position is on the left side of a midfield three.
But he can also play on the right, cut in and give a hard time for the defenders. The return of Sane won't be a big problem for Foden as he will be competing with only Bernado(whose preferred position is not in midfield) for a place in the left side of the middle three.
Trust of the manager:
Pep Guardiola on Phil Foden:
"I have said many times in press conferences, but maybe not said it in front of him, Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager. His only problem is sometimes his manager doesn't put him in the starting XI"
The biggest compliment Foden has received till now has to be Guardiola rating him as the most talented player ahead of Lionel Messi. There is no denying the fact that, "You have to be top-quality to be even part of a Guardiola side".
But, Foden already has convinced his manager that he is a quality player by getting in 26 appearances across competitions this season. There is no way possibly City will let go of a generational talent to leave to some other club. City have well learned the lessons from Sancho. Foden has signed a contract extension till 2024 to make sure that the mistake won't be repeated.
There is no doubting of the talent and the ability of Phil Foden. The transformation of young teenage sensation to a 'Footballing Superstar' will not be easy at all. But when you possibly are on the right team with the right manager, things may fell into place. The 2020-21 season will possibly be the most ideal time for Foden to set Premier League stage on fire.
Guest blog contributed by AllAboutFPL - Your one-stop place for FPL news, tips, differential picks, and much more.
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