Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Phil Foden after his man-of-the-match performance led Manchester City to a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Manchester City was shocked after just 20 seconds when John Mc Ginn tucked away an Ollie Watkins assist. They completed the comeback in the 40th minute after Rodri headed past Emiliano Martinez. In recent weeks, Foden has stepped up his game. He was influential in the Premier League leader’s 2-1 win over Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League.
“He is growing, this guy is growing,” Guardiola said. “He’s making steps forward every time. His influence in our game is massive right now. He’s so aggressive without the ball. He’s becoming a serious player. There are guys who at 19, 20 are unstoppable. Then others who are 29, 30 who are not. Phil, right now, in the last games especially, is becoming such an important player. His influence in the final third is so important.”
Phil Foden has not just impressed his coach Pep Guardiola but pundit Jamie Redknapp as well. Jamie Redknapp was so impressed by the youngster that he says Gareth Southgate needs to make space for him in the first XI at the Euros. “Foden, Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva were majestic tonight. It was incredible the way they moved the ball, chased, closed down – they are great examples to any young footballer.” Redknapp said. “And Foden… I have got excited by young talents before but this kid is the real deal. For a young player to play with so much flair and aggression; he’s incredible.”
“Sometimes you worry when kids get too much, too early, are they going to lose that hunger and desire but if that kid keeps accelerating at this rate, anything is possible. He’s frightening,” he added. “He is effective, he gets into the box, he gets into danger areas. He is so versatile and that is what makes him such a beautiful player to watch.”