After the midfielder’s star showing in Manchester City’s 4-1 victory at Liverpool, Phil Foden is a “huge talent” but can “still improve” says Pep Guardiola.
As City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League, Foden, 20, had a hand in three objectives.
Ilkay Gundogan converted Alisson’s save from Foden, but set up the second goal for the German as well as netting a spectacular fourth in a superb display.
“When you beat the champions everyone’s confidence goes sky high,” Foden said.
“They made it so difficult for us but we showed our courage to play our football and keep going, and in the end, it paid off.”
Two blunders from Reds goalkeeper Alisson helped City, with Raheem Sterling also profiting, and Foden’s thumping finish brought his tally in all competitions this season to 10 goals.
Guardiola said: “Phil Foden is a guy who keeps the ball well, he’s so aggressive, but he’s still so young, too. It’s easier for him to learn when he plays wide.”
“The action for the second goal and the fourth goal, we know what a huge talent he is but he is still young and hopefully he can understand he can still improve.”
Since his City debut in November 2017, not only have Foden’s results improved, but the amount of target contributions has also increased year on year.
In his first season, he failed to score in 10 games, making one assist, but for the first time, he has now reached double figures for goals in a season.
He has 16 goals in 28 games in all competitions this term – 10 goals, six assists – having had 17 in 38 last season.
“On BBC Radio 5 Live, former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage said: “Foden could play anywhere in the park, left-back, right-back – I’m not sure he would have the center-half discipline, but he could make it work.
There are videos of him doing tricks in his local park out there and he plays in the Premier League like that, it’s unbelievable. His best work today was wideout and it was outstanding.