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You could write a fairly long novel consisting solely of Pep Guardiola quotes about the special talent Phil Foden has.
Whenever he stands behind a microphone, be it after the game or before the game, the Manchester City manager seems to spend 90% of his time praising the young man or defending his treatment of him and then reassuring us that he knows he is brilliant.
And yet no matter how many times he does this, he fools us. every time.
In every interview in which Guardiola is asked about Foden’s qualities, he makes it thicker than your father’s butter toast. He tells us how wonderful he is, how good his attitude is, how well he trains, how good he is going to be, whatever it is, he says it. And so we all sit with hearts full of joy, knowing that the young English star is in good hands.
So BAM. A few days later, he sat next to Scott Carson watching from the City bench before leaving full time, still wearing a bright orange backup vest. It’s as if Guardiola walks away from his interviews with a sneaky smile on his face like some kind of evil villain.
Anyway, enough of this pantomime talk, the point is this: Foden is absolutely brilliant, we all know that, he has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in European football. However, while we agree with Guardiola that he needs time to develop, the best way to do that is by playing football regularly, which he doesn’t do enough of.
Since he started directing, Guardiola has built this almost divine complex, so much so that every time you think that a player is rubbish but keep choosing him, you accept him and think ‘well, obviously I don’t understand football at the same level as Pep, he is better than me ‘.
That may be so, but we are not going back here. A lot of people can complicate soccer too much, but it’s actually a very simple game and the more you play it, the better you become. It really isn’t rocket science.
Of course there is the ‘too, too soon’ argument, and this has proven to be the bane of many players, but we are not talking about a 16-year-old South American defender who has never played a senior soccer game. in your life and needs to adapt to your environment.
This is a guy who is ready to turn 21 in a matter of months, has two goals for England to his name, two Premier League winner medals and has already made 18 Champions League appearances, more than most. of footballers achieve in their life.
The eagle eyes among you may have noticed a very strange trend when it comes to Foden, although for those of you who haven’t seen him yet, we’ll break it down as best we can, as long as he starts a soccer game, play very good and Manchester city they seem to do the same. WHY IS HE EVER NAMED AS A SUBSTITUTE, PEP !?
The 20-year-old has still made just six Premier League starts this season, with the campaign nearing the halfway point. To put this in context, and you may think it’s ridiculous to compare these two players, but Really It’s not: Wayne Rooney had 86 Premier League starts to his name when he was Foden’s age, yet the Manchester City man has a total of just 18.
And anyone who thinks Foden is on a team with much more competition for places will do well to remember that Rooney had already been at Manchester United for two years at this point in his career, and they were fine.
After lavishing praise on Foden after City’s dismantling of Chelsea, Pep surprised many by pitting Foden early on against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, with the youngster in the 90th minute. complete.
So is this it? Will it finally become the usual in the City starting with the XI in which the country cries out for it to become? Or is Catalan Dick Dastardly luring us into another trap before crushing our hopes with the next Premier League roster?
Oh please start with him from the beginning, Pep.