Phil Foden has revealed that he is currently going through “one of the lowest parts of my career”. The 22-year-old England international is widely regarded as one of the top playmakers in Europe, yet he has only started four of Manchester City’s last 11 league matches under Pep Guardiola. This is due to the form of Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish, as well as an injury setback in late January.
However, Foden put in a strong performance against Bristol City in the FA Cup last night, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win. This follows a goal and an assist in the 4-1 weekend win at Bournemouth, which could see him thrust into the starting XI against Newcastle on Saturday.
The World Cup star admitted that he has been frustrated with not playing as much, but is now feeling “100 per cent fit” and is ready to make an impact. Fans have reacted positively to his comments, with one saying that the criticism for a player out injured was always misplaced.
Manager Guardiola has also been pleased with Foden’s recent resurgence, praising his work rate, quality and dynamic. He believes that Foden is now back for the best part of the season and his impact has been “amazing”.