By Tom Hulme – @ScoreFootball6
On Wednesday night, Manchester City faced Hoffenheim in what was Phil Foden’s first full game for the club.
We all know that he recently signed a contract keeping him at City until 2024. By which point he will be still only 24 years old – which makes you think, either Pep has big plans for him immediately, or he’s just to stubborn to let him blossom under another manager after all the praise he’s given him about wanting him at the club.
Over the last 18 months there have been youngsters that have made great impressions at their clubs. Our very own Trent Alexander-Arnold, for example, is a first-team regular for both club and country.
Jadon Sancho is tearing-up the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund as well as having England caps to his name.
Leon Bailey – okay, he’s 21 – but for two years he’s been playing some great football for Bayer Leverkusen and was reportedly wanted by a huge number of sides going into the World Cup in the summer.
We also can’t forget Kylian Mbappé who is arguably playing better than his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar at the moment.
Even looking into the Championship, Harvey Barnes, Harry Wilson, and Mason Mount are but to make a few players that have made a solid start to their careers.
Which begs the question – what’s so special about Phil Foden? I understand at City you have to be at the absolute top of your game to start regularly, and the majority of the players perform to a world-class standard on a weekly basis.
But it seems to me that when Foden comes off the bench for 15 minutes or so, he has no impact whatsoever, he never improves his game, and from last night game in which he played the full 90 minutes, he was barely noticeable.
I’m not trying to say he’s rubbish or have a sly dig at the player but surely if he wants to better his career he needs to have some time out on loan, it’s all well and good training with world class players but if you’re not getting any game time then what’s the point?
This may sound a little blunt, but I’m sure I’m not the only person thinking it – is Phil Foden making his living off winning an u17’s World Cup with England?
I think he is. If you look at the people that were in the team that won, the majority of them are making great progress in their career and playing regularly for teams in the Premier League or Championship.
Now, if you listen to any of them you won’t hear them go to much into detail about their 2017 World Cup win, they will talk about the now. Phil Foden however has nothing else to talk about, 18 months on and if it wasn’t for that tournament then nobody would know who he is.
I do hope he knows what he wants to do with his career and I hope he doesn’t make the wrong decisions along the way letting himself as a fan come before himself as a footballer.