Phil Foden opens up on early struggles at Man City

England international Phil Foden is having his best season yet for Manchester City after scoring 11 goals and picking up 6 assists in all competitions. Having been touted as the natural heir to David Silva, Foden struggled to get minutes under Pep Guardiola in the previous seasons due to the wealth of talent at City’s disposal.

The midfielder has been instrumental in City’s resurgence after a slow start to this season, as Guardiola’s men look certain to win the title. Speaking to BT Sport ahead of their game against West Ham, Foden admitted about his struggles during previous seasons. The midfielder said “I’m not going to lie, it was quite difficult not playing as much football as I wanted to.

But you know how quality our squad is, it was very hard to play at the time. I kept working hard every day in training, learning different sides of my game. Like you can see this year I’ve become more mature and I’m getting trusted a lot more now.”

I feel like my game’s come on a lot this year, becoming more mature on the ball. I feel properly settled into the team. Some games I’ve played three different positions, growing up I’ve played 8 or 10 and I’d like to see myself one day playing there.

On Guardiola’s impact

Foden admitted Pep Guardiola played a key role in developing him, and added “You’ve probably heard a lot of people say this but he improves every player on and off the field. He’s always dead motivated for everyone to do better as well.”

You can probably see on the touchline, if someone makes a mistake, how much he cares about it. That’s just how he is. He just wants everyone to be the best and he looks for perfection but that’s not a bad thing, it pushes everyone to be better every day and he’s the best coach I probably could ever ask for to improve my game. So yeah, very thankful.”

On his progress

Having made over 100 appearances for City in all competitions, Foden admitted his club and family are delighted with his progress. The midfielder added “Everyone can’t believe how quick its gone.”

I was always playing football on the streets just enjoying it and not thinking too much of it, the next minute I’m playing at the highest level. Everyone’s just dead happy for me.

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