Phil Foden urged to leave Manchester City on loan – ‘He’s not learning anything on the bench’, says Tony Cottee

11 Sep

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has been urged to leave the Premier League champions on loan for the sake of his career.

The 19-year-old has shown his star quality during the international break, dictating play in England Under-21s’ 3-2 win over Turkey before scoring both goals in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Kosovo.

His form will have given Pep Guardiola a selection headache, with pressure mounting on the Spanish boss to give the young midfielder – who has played just ten minutes of club football this season – more game time.

Foden hit a brace in England Under-21s’ 2-0 win over Kosovo
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There can’t be much more Foden can do to get a game for City – as well as scoring regularly for England, he seems to impress every time he gets on the pitch for his club.

And he must look across at his fellow Young Lions with a tinge of envy, too.

While he remains rooted to the bench at the Etihad Stadium, the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are now getting regular game time at Chelsea, are making an impact at Premier League level and have graduated to the senior England team.

According to West Ham and Everton legend Tony Cottee, the youngster is ‘not learning anything on the bench’ and could stunt his career by waiting any longer for his chance at City.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cottee said: “I’m really frustrated with Phil Foden.

“He is an unbelievable, outstanding young footballer but he’s got to play!

“If you’re sitting on the bench, yes people will say he’s training with the first team, but it’s not the same as playing.

“You have to get the game time and experience. He needs to play. This is a big season for him, and he’s not playing!

Phil Foden has been widely dubbed the future of Manchester City and England’s midfield – but he has played just 10 minutes of club football this season

“If I was Phil Foden, I would be banging on that door every single week and saying, ‘I want to play and if you’re not going to play me I’m going out on loan’.

“The young lad [Bobby Duncan] has just left Liverpool because he wants to play football – these young kids have to play, they’ve got to learn they’re trade and Foden is not learning it on the bench.

“He’s 19 now and your career goes so quickly. You need to be in the first team and you’ve got to be playing.

Mount and Abraham have both got minutes and goals for Chelsea under Frank Lampard this season
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“I understand it’s a great team and who does he replace, I understand that, but he’s such a wonderful talent

“I think Foden has a place in that England team. We talk about the balance of that midfield and needing a creative player and Foden is that. He’s an outstanding talent and we need him in that England team.

“But unless he’s playing, which he’s not, he’s not going to get in it.”

Antoine Griezmann’s Arsenal squad on Football Manager 2019 is unreal – meet the wonderkids starring for the Gunners in 2023

15 Aug

Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.

The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.

Antoine Griezmann has created an incredible Arsenal team on Football Manager
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Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.

Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.

Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!

Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.

Bristling with young talent, the France international has built a very good Gunners team

But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.

Below, has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest

Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!


Right-Back: Alexis Saelemakers

Age: 18

Nationality: Belgium

FM19 Club: Anderlecht

FM19 Estimated Cost: £20m

Centre-Back:  Matthijs De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt is a big improvement on Shkodran Mustafi
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Age: 18

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £44m

Centre-Back: Raphael Varane

Age: 25

Nationality: France

FM19 Club: Real Madrid

FM19 Estimated Cost: £76m

The France international won the World Cup with Griezmann
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Left-Back: Andrew Robertson

Age: 24

Nationality: Scotland

FM19 Club: Liverpool

FM19 Estimated Cost: £36m

Centre-Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Age: 23

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Sporting Lisbon

FM19 Estimated Cost: £48m

Bruno Fernandes appears to have finally got his move away from the Premier League
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Centre-Midfield: Frenkie De Jong

Age: 12

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £26m

The Netherlands international starred for Ajax on their run to the Champions League semi-finals
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Right-Wing: Francisco Trincao

Age: 18

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: SC Braga

FM19 Estimated Cost: £3m

Left-Wing: Jadon Sancho

Age: 18

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Borussia Dortmund

FM19 Estimated Cost: £60m

Griezmann decided to bring Sancho back to England
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Centre-Attacking Midfield: Joao Felix

Age: 18

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Benifca

FM19 Estimated Cost: £52m

The Portugal international has replaced Griezmann at Atletico
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Striker: Brian Bobbey

Age: 16

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £2m

Sub 1: Jamal Blackman

Age: 24

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Chelsea

FM19 Estimated Cost: £3m

Sub 2: Alex Telles

Age: 25

Nationality: Brazil

FM19 Club: Porto

FM19 Estimated Cost: £36m

Telles is an attack-minded full back for Porto

Sub 3: Jonathon Panzo

Age: 17

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Monaco

FM19 Estimated Cost: £6m

Sub 4: Ruben Neves

Age: 21

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers

FM19 Estimated Cost: £80m

Neves has starred for Wolves since his move from Portugal in 2017
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Sub 5: Chris Mepham

Age: 20

Nationality: Wales

FM19 Club: AFC Bournemouth

FM19 Estimated Cost: £15m

Sub 6: Phil Foden

Age: 18

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Manchester City

FM19 Estimated Cost: £77m

Foden fits into the Homegrown Player quota
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Premier League 2019/20: Ten wonderkids set for a breakthrough season, featuring Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal stars

7 Aug

Another Premier League season is on the verge of kicking off once again as Manchester City bid for a third straight title.

The Citizens pipped Liverpool to the crown in 2018/19 season while Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff were relegated.

Who will get their hands on the trophy at the end of the season?
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The 28th edition of the Premier League will produce all sorts of drama for all 20 teams.

But which Premier League youngsters should fans keep an eye on in the 2019/20 campaign? has identified ten wonderkids who are set for a breakthrough season.

Marcus Greenwood

The boy wonder at Old Trafford has a phenomenal goalscoring record in youth football and many feel it’s time for him to make the step up.

The 17-year-old netted 26 goals in 30 appearances last season across various youth and senior competitions for Manchester United and, following a fine pre-season with goals against Leeds United and Juventus, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he could start the league opener against Chelsea.

Solskjaer said: “He [Greenwood] has a chance to start against Chelsea. I won’t say it is not a possibility. It is a good possibility if he keeps going as he does.”

Greenwood has made the most of his chances this summer
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Mason Mount

Another man who has made his case for a starting place in that opening fixture at Old Trafford is Chelsea starlet Mount.

The attacking midfielder conveniently spent last season on loan at Derby, where new Blues boss Frank Lampard was in charge.

His impressive performances earned him an England call-up and he played a pivotal role during Derby’s run to the Play-Off final.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals in pre-season, but he faces stiff competition for the No.10 spot, with fellow Englishman Ross Barkley also impressing ahead of the new campaign.

Mount worked under Lampard at Derby last season

Eddie Nketiah

There was thought to be a limit to Arsenal’s budget in the transfer market this summer and it allowed their young players to try and make an impact in pre-season.

One player who has given a good account of himself is forward Nketiah, who has even chipped in with a couple of goals in pre-season, including a winner against Bayern Munich.

However, the 20-year-old will have to work his socks off in order to get into the starting XI when the competitive football starts as strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are well-established at the club, and now Nicolas Pepe has arrived at the Emirates.

Nketiah could build on his nine appearances last season
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Oliver Skipp

He made a handful of appearances in Tottenham’s first-team last season and this term is the perfect opportunity for him to kick on.

Midfielder Skipp has had a decent pre-season for Spurs, having featured in their matches against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

There may be opportunities for the 18-year-old next season particularly in the Carabao and FA Cup.

Skipp will want to build on his eight Premier League appearances made last season
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Dean Henderson

The goalkeeper is a Manchester United player, however, he will be playing for newly-promoted Sheffield United after signing a season-long loan deal.

Henderson, 22, excelled last season on loan at Bramall Lane as the Blades finished second in the Championship and he’s viewed highly by Red Devils boss Solskjaer.

Solskjaer said: “We have great faith in Dean’s ability, he has huge potential and his spirit and passion will stand him in good stead this year.”

Given Sheffield United will be up against it in some matches this season, Henderson will have opportunities to showcase his talents.

Dean Henderson impressed for Sheffield United in the 2018/19 season

Morgan Gibbs-White

It was almost a stretch to put Gibbs-White in this list as you could argue he had a breakthrough season last term.

He made 26 appearances in the Premier League for Wolves in 2018/19 but just five were starts, so perhaps there’s an opportunity for him to increase his role and improve his chances of developing into one of the top midfielders in the division.

Gibbs-White was part of the England squad who won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and there are high hopes for him.

Wolves are in the Europa League too so there is further opportunity for him to add to his CV.

Gibbs-White may play in a more attacking midfield role next season

Phil Foden

You know you’re pretty good when Pep Guardiola says you’re the most talented player he’s ever coached.

Foden made 18 league appearances for Manchester City last season and even scored a crucial winner against Tottenham on route to helping them win the title.

The 19-year-old should look to build on that form this season and become a player central to City’s success.

And with club legend David Silva set to leave at the end of the campaign, Foden seems the natural man to fill his boots.

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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Tammy Abraham

The striker has been at Chelsea since he was a boy and is still only 21 but this is his big opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been on a transfer ban and only Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are higher than Abraham in the pecking order right now.

Abraham, who performed well on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season, has had good moments during pre-season including a goal during a win against Barcelona.

Tammy Abraham can become a regular for Chelsea this season and force himself into the England squad too
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Joe Willock

Another Arsenal youngster who will be looking to make an impact is midfielder Willock, 19.

He has a few appearances in the Europa League under his belt, including an impressive cameo in last season’s final, but the starlet will feel this season is a great opportunity to properly break into the senior squad.

Willock has given manager Unai Emery plenty to think about this summer by impressing in pre-season matches, with some Gooners even likening him to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta during a victory over Bayern Munich.

Willock has given a good account for himself during pre-season matches
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Rhian Brewster

Liverpool is currently one of the best places to learn your trade as a young footballer and this season could be a big one for Brewster, 19.

It is understood the striker will be given chances to feature in the first-team and is a good back-up in case any of the Reds’ famous trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane become unavailable.

Brewster made a decent start to Liverpool’s pre-season tour, scoring four goals in three matches which suggests he’s ready to showcase his talents.

Brewster won the Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017, along with Foden and Gibbs-White

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Manchester City news: Phil Foden labelled ‘most talented player’ Pep Guardiola has ever seen

26 Jul

Pep Guardiola has hailed Manchester City youngster Phil Foden as the ‘most talented player’ he has ever seen.

The City manager made the comments about the teenage midfielder ahead of their final pre-season tour match against Yokohama.

Phil Foden is set to be one of the stars of the future

Guardiola has coached some of the world’s best players, including Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi, and he reckons Foden is destined to reach that level.

The 19-year-old, who is viewed as a long-term replacement for David Silva who is set to leave the club at the end of this season, came off the bench in City’s 6-1 win over Kitchee.

Guardiola said: “He (Foden) is the most talented player I have ever seen (for his age). His problem is sometimes his manager doesn’t put him in the starting XI.

“He deserves all the minutes but with his competitors it isn’t easy. He works incredibly. He knows I’m here to help him.”

Guardiola also did not categorically rule out signing one of the best players he has ever worked with, who is currently a free agent.

Dani Alves left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract and is now looking for a new club.

City do not currently have a vacancy at right-back but there has been speculation over the future of Danilo. Were he to move on, City could be tempted.

Guardiola said: “All the important clubs in the world know his situation and the incredible player he is. He is an extraordinary person, but we have two incredible full-backs. That is what it is.”

Fantasy Premier League tips: The 30 best bargains you should sign for your team

28 Jun

It’s that time of year again as the Fantasy Premier League is up and running once more.

Managers around the world will be trying to build an FPL squad using the £100million budget handed to them.

They will want to pick some of the world-class talents available, even if they’re all very expensive.

This means bosses need to pick up the odd bargain to balance their 15-man selection.

It can be tricky as you want a cheap star but also need them to step up should one of your main men fall foul, whether it be through injury, suspension, or just rotation.

So, who are the best Fantasy Premier League bargains this season? Find out below.


Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

The Australian goalkeeper has showcased his talents in the Premier League and is a reliable option at a low fee.

Under new manager Graham Potter you would expect improvements from the Seagulls and that hopefully means more clean sheets for Ryan.

Angus Gunn (Southampton) – £4.5m

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper became a regular for the Saints at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He looks set to continue as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s No.1 so could be a useful player to have in rotation with a top shot-stopper.

Gunn is set to have his first full season as the Saints’ No.1
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Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £5m

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost gatecrashed the top six in their first season back in the Premier League.

With some reinforcements they could do similar in 2019/20 and Patricio is the reliable goalkeeper to help them do just that.

He will want more than the nine clean sheets he claimed last year, though.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m

This could be even better when his move to Manchester United goes through.

He’s already an outstanding defensive full-back and if he can develop a better game in the final third then the Red Devils could have an outrageous talent on their hands.

FPL managers, meanwhile, could have a tonne of points.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in line to become the world’s most expensive full-back
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Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.5m

One of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial duels, the Toffees ace hasn’t quite got amongst the goals as he might have liked in previous campaigns.

When Burnley were promoted to the top-flight in 2015/16 he netted five times and could hit those heights again if he stays injury free.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – £5.5m

Now a fully fledged England international, the Foxes ace got four assists last season but didn’t get on the scoresheet once.

Another season of development might see those figures increase in 2019/20 and if so you’ll want him in your team.

Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m

He’s still not quite the player he looked like he could become as a teenager but in a decent season he proved effective in terms of goal contributions.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s feet firmly under the table he may well kick on like Chilwell.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – £5.5m

Listed as a defender this season, we reckon he’s more likely to move forward into midfield again under whoever replaces Rafael Benitez.

This means he’s likely to earn more points than ever before given he can now get extra marks for clean sheets.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – £5m

Another Magpies star you might want to consider is Swiss ace Schar.

Last season he notched some sensational goals and was a real rock at the back too. Hopefully the uncertainty around the club won’t affect him too much.

Fabian Schar has impressed at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £4.5m

Wanted by numerous clubs now, Aarons will be a bargain even if he stays with the Canaries.

He won’t get anything like the two goals and six assists he claimed in the Championship but if he gets close you will have got decent haul from a cheap player.

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.5m

Finally proving himself under Hasenhuttl, Bednarek’s next move will be to get into dangerous areas at set-pieces.

The Polish ace is an excellent aerial combatant and could add goals to his game in 2019/20.

Bednarek has flourished under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £4.5m

The pacy full-back finally settled in east London towards the end of last year.

He’s looking more involved in the final third and should see a big jump in production this season.


Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £6m

Villa’s skipper and midfield maestro, he’s guaranteed goals and assists as he targets a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

He could really hit his straps with wise additions by manager Dean Smith around him and an injury free campaign.

Villa need talisman Jack Grealish to hit the ground running next season
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £6m

He’s not the most glamorous pick in the world given his current club but he fits the team perfectly at a young age and he’s reaping the rewards.

McNeil quietly racked up nine goal contributions and will no doubt get more next season as he plays more often under Sean Dyche having established himself fully.

Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £6m

He didn’t quite make the impact many thought he would having returned from a fine loan spell with West Brom.

Barnes will have learnt from his Premier League experiences at the end of last season, though, and could be primed for a breakout season.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £6m

Many feel the Guinea international didn’t quite show his full repertoire last season having contributed goals and assists aplenty while with RB Leipzig.

It’s been a steep learning curve at Anfield but he looked to be improving before injury curtailed his campaign in 2018/19.

If he sparks into form you will want to have him stashed in your squad.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle) – £6m

Starring for Paraguay at the Copa America will do him the world of good after a promising start to life on Tyneside.

We could see big things from him at St James’ Park if things really click.

Emil Buendia (Norwich) – £6m

The Argentine winger was a hit in the Championship with eight goals and 12 assists for the title winners.

Four of the goals he created were from set-pieces which should tempt you in.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back at the Championship’s summit
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Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £5.5m

With David Silva now officially leaving at the end of 2019/20, it’s a fair bet Foden will be get a lot more time on the pitch. He’s a risk but one which could pay off.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich) – £5.5m

On the opposite flank to Buendia, Hernandez got eight goals and nine assists in the second tier and while a similar output can’t be expected he could get you some cheap points.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich) – £5.5m

If the German quickly gets his relationship with Teemu Pukki up to speed again then Norwich and FPL players will be laughing all the way to glory.

Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.5m

It took the Portuguese ace a while to get going last season but ended with eight assists, his highest total in several years. He’s worth another punt.

Joao Moutinho was a revelation for Wolves towards the back end of the campaign
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Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – £5m

Whether from crosses or set-pieces, the midfielder is a dangerman and might be the Blades best hope in some games.

Declan Rice (West Ham) – £5m

Who would bet against the young England international getting a few more goals in 2019/20? Not us. He is an almost certain starter but don’t expect him to get many assists.

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Another aerially dominant ace, the Belgian quietly became a top pick at Wolves last term and could well up his production this season.


Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m

You might not believe it but the New Zealand international got 10 goals last term and with McNeil out wide for a full campaign he might get even more in 2019/20.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) – £6.5m

Now a forward in FPL, Deulofeu is set to partner Troy Deeney up top again for the Hornets.

He’s another player who will be dreaming of an injury free year to help him reach the next level.

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.5m

The Portuguese star did well alongside Raul Jimenez and while there is a chance Wolves could bring in another forward he’s likely to get minutes off the bench if not as a starter.

Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6m

Struck down by injuries at unfortunate times, Ings seems like he suits Hasenhuttl’s football.

He could get back to his best under the Austrian if he stays fit.

Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big moves on deadline day last summer but injuries have stopped him making an impact so far
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Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) – £5.5m

If you’re going all-out with your team and need a dirt cheap third forward, the Ivorian might well be your man.

Tammy Abraham isn’t likely to return on loan but Wesley Moraes has arrived so he won’t start most matches but as a substitute he might pop up with goals and points.

Manchester City news: ‘Phil Foden WILL be better than David Silva,’ predicts talkSPORT host Adrian Durham

27 Jun

talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham believes Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden will become an even better player than World Cup and Euro winner David Silva.

The Premier League will lose one of its greatest foreign players at the end of the upcoming season, with Silva recently confirming he will leave City when his contract expires after a glittering decade at the club.

But Durham believes Pep Guardiola already has the perfect replacement – England Under-21s international Foden.

Phil Foden become the youngest Premier League medal-winner in history last season, and won his second league crown this term

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season in City’s first-team, making 26 appearances in all competitions and scoring seven goals as the Blues won the first ever Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup treble.

He may have a long way to go to be anywhere near Silva’s level – the 33-year-old has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and one Copa Del Rey in his club career, as well as the World Cup and European Championship title with Spain.

But Durham believes he has figured out why Foden is on his way to becoming an even better player than his Spanish team-mate.

Speaking on Drivetime, the talkSPORT host said: “We all think David Silva is brilliant, he’s been fantastic, but Phil Foden is going to be better.

“The balance, how he addresses the ball, what he does with the ball, the way he beats players, his end product.

“We’re reluctant to compare him, but just look at the way Phil Foden plays football, the ability he has and the way he has been trusted by Pep Guardiola from the age of 18.

“Where is he going to be when he gets to 24, which was the age David Silva was when he arrived at Manchester City?

Pep Guardiola has carefully managed the progress of Phil Foden at Manchester City

“We all know stuff can go wrong between now and then, injuries can happen, different managers come in.

“But surely logic suggests that, at his current rate of progression, Phil Foden is going to be even better than David Silva.”

Drivetime co-host Darren Gough isn’t convinced by Ade’s logic – are you?

European Under-21 Championship: England boss Aidy Boothroyd defends decision to bench Phil Foden after shock tournament exit

22 Jun

England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd has defended his decision to drop Phil Foden for the crunch clash against Romania as his Young Lions side crashed out of the European Championship.

The Manchester City midfielder, who scored a stunning solo goal in the previous game against France, was brought on in the 57th minute as the Three Lions conceded four late goals.

Foden was left out of England’s starting XI against Romania
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The decision was met with bemusement by many within the game, but Boothroyd maintains he made the right call on the night – declaring the 19-year-old was ‘dead tired’.

“No, I don’t [regret it] Maybe I didn’t clarify this last night as well as I could have done,” he told talkSPORT.

“After the France game the likes of Phil [Foden] and Ryan [Sessegnon] were absolutely out on their feet – they were dead tired.

“I thought they needed to recover properly and I chose to have a plan to wait until the game died down a bit against Romania and introduce the lads in the last 20/30 minutes of the game.

Questions will be raised over Aidy Boothroyd’s position following England’s disappointing campaign

“As it turned out we managed to get right with Phil and he’s available for the next game, but unfortunately we didn’t it right with Ryan Sessegnon and he’s pulled a hamstring three minutes into it.”

He continued: “Do I want Phil Foden on the pitch all the time? Yeah, pretty much most of the time.

“But I’m not going to make him suffer with injury, when I think I can help manage him properly in terms of his recovery.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It was my call.

“When we win it’s like what a great decision he knows exactly what he’s doing, and when we don’t it’s like why didn’t we put him on for the first 45 minutes.”

European Under-21 Championship: England boss Aidy Boothroyd explains Phil Foden snub and insists he will not resign after shock exit

22 Jun

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd insists he will not resign following his side’s shock European Championship exit on Friday.

There were high hopes of England winning the tournament with the likes of James Maddison, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Phil Foden featuring in an exciting squad.

There have been calls from fans urging Aidy Boothroyd to quit

However, the Young Lions’ 2-1 loss to France was followed up with a 4-2 defeat to Romania on Friday.

When asked about his future, Boothroyd, who signed a new two-year deal last month, said: “They’ll have to carry me out.

“I am surprised by the question. It is not reflection on should I stay or go, but reflection on what we have achieved and what we could have done better.

“It is important to have a proper debrief about it.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden was controversially left out of England’s starting XI against Romania

“We have to pick the bones out of it. If we are going to win a tournament like this there are things we have to improve on.”

Questions were raised over Boothroyd’s team selection against Romania as Foden, who scored a superb solo goal in the France defeat, was dropped to the bench.

The Manchester City starlet was brought on in the 57th minute as England conceded four late goals.

Explaining his decision to leave Foden out from the start, Boothroyd said: “There is a fine line to tread. I have got to look after Phil.

“We all thought it would be right for him to come in as the game wore on and weave his magic.

“We want to keep him as fit as we can. We don’t want him to break because he is a terrific player.

“There is no agreement with Manchester City. We follow him on a regular basis, we know where he is training and playing along with everything else.”

England U21 vs Romania U21 confirmed teams: Phil Foden and Aaron Wan-Bissaka dropped as Aidy Boothroyd makes drastic changes

21 Jun

Phil Foden and Aaron Wan-Bissaka dropped to the bench for England Under-21s’ must-win game against Romania.

The Young Lions return to Cesena for their second European Championship game after they threw away a lead against France on Tuesday evening, losing 2-1 in stoppage time.

The England players could not believe they let their lead slip against France

Crystal Palace defender Wan-Bissaka paid the price for his display and late own goal in Tuesday’s defeat. with boss Aidy Boothroyd saying he had been distracted by his protracted move to Manchester United.

Manchester City’s Foden missed out despite his solo goal while Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Mount, Harvey Barnes, Kieran Dowell and Dominic Calvert-Lewin started. Hamza Choudhury is banned after his red card on Tuesday.


England U21: Henderson, Dasilva, Clarke-Salter, Kenny, Tomori, Dowell, Barnes, Gray, Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Maddison.

Subs: Gunn, Wan Bissaka, Solanke, Foden, Sessegnon, Kelly, Konsa, Gibbs-White, Nelson, Abraham, Woodman.

Foden scored a stunning solo goal for England

Romania U21: Radu, Manea, Nedelcearu, Pascanu, Stefan, Man, Baluta, Cicaldau, Ivan, Hagi, Puscas.

Subs: Cabuz, Boboc, Coman, Petre, Grigore, Dragomir, Ghita, Nedelcu, Rus, Ciobanu, Olaru, Vlad.

Only the group winners are guaranteed to advance into the semi-finals.

Boothroyd said: “If we’re going to get out the group, we need to get maximum points.

Jake Clarke-Saltar was adjudged to have handled the ball against France

“We’re all very disappointed but we have no time for sulking. If you don’t take your chances and stop your opponent, you put yourself in a vulnerable position.

“We could quite easily have gone in 3-0 [up] at half-time [against France]. I thought we were the better team by a long way in the first half.”

But Boothroyd’s team has not gone well with some supporters, who cannot believe City starlet Foden starts on the bench after his wonder goal against the French.

Check out the reaction from fans below.

Phil Foden’s England Under-21 solo stunner ‘as good’ as Eden Hazard’s wondergoal against West Ham, says Dean Saunders

19 Jun

Dean Saunders has compared Phil Foden’s sublime solo goal for England’s Under-21s to Eden Hazard’s stunner in the Premier League against West Ham.

The Manchester City midfielder gave the world a glimpse of his incredible talent as he skinned five players before coolly slotting past the France goalkeeper to give England the lead in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Tuesday night.

The goal was so good, many of us have forgotten the Young Lions went on to lose the game!

It was an eventful clash in Cesena, Italy, as Aidy Boothroyd’s side conceded twice late on to lose 2-1, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka scoring a decisive own-goal in injury-time, after Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury was sent off for a reckless challenge.

But while the result may soon be forgotten, Foden’s individual brilliance will surely live long in the memory.

And Saunders believes the 19-year-old’s strike is up there with Hazard’s dazzling goal for Chelsea against West Ham, which won the Premier League Goal of the Month award back in April.

“For me, that goal last night was as good as the goal Hazard scored [against West Ham] where he shifted the ball between his feet,” said the Welshman on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“It was a brilliant individual goal, but that goal last night was as good.”

Foden is facing a crucial time in his career after breaking through into Pep Guardiola’s first-team last term.

The young midfielder made 13 Premier League appearances for City durign 2018/19, although only three of those were as part of the starting XI.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a move away from Manchester City on loan this summer, in order to gain more first team experience.

Pep Guardiola has carefully managed the development of Phil Foden at Manchester City

But Saunders insists Foden is better off staying at City and learning as much as he can from Guardiola and his talented team-mates.

“I personally think he should stay with Guardiola,” the former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker added.

“Training every day and learning from all those great players, it’s going to help him more than going out on loan.

“All the little things they do in training, their patterns of play from the back, he’s going to learn that and get better at it.”