Manchester City’s young sensation, Phil Foden, has sent a clear message to manager Pep Guardiola that he is ready to take on the responsibility of playing as a number ten in the absence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne.
Foden has been eyeing a role at the top of midfield for quite some time now, and he showcased his potential in a central position towards the end of last season, particularly in the Champions League final.
With Ilkay Gundogan’s departure from Manchester City this summer, and De Bruyne sidelined until the new year, a golden opportunity has presented itself for Foden to shine as the creative force behind the talented Erling Haaland.
In a recent game against Newcastle, where Foden operated as a number ten alongside Julian Alvarez in a similar position, he looked bright and showcased his ability to make things happen on the pitch.
Foden expressed his excitement and comfort playing as a number ten in the game against Newcastle.
He felt alive and was able to fully express himself on the field, showcasing his true potential.
This position allows him to be at the heart of the action, influencing the game with his creativity and technical abilities.
However, Foden understands that he is not guaranteed a starting spot every week, especially with Manchester City’s high standards and Pep Guardiola’s rotational policy.
The young midfielder knows that consistency and continuous improvement are key to securing his place in the lineup.
With De Bruyne sidelined, Foden is prepared to step up and fill the void left by the Belgian playmaker.
He is determined to contribute his creative spark and help the team maintain their winning momentum.
Foden acknowledges the defensive responsibilities that come with playing as a number ten, but he is confident in his ability to handle the role.
Having witnessed Guardiola’s knack for rotating players based on different scenarios, Foden remains focused on impressing the manager and seizing every opportunity to showcase his skills.
He understands that his role in the team is crucial, especially in the absence of De Bruyne, and he is determined to deliver exceptional performances.
This article was updated 3 months ago