On Wednesday, City Watch exclusively revealed that Kevin de Bruyne had devastatingly suffered a similar injury to his knee in training as to what occurred against Everton in what was the Capital One Cup Semi-Final, the season prior to Pep Guardiola’s arrival. As lamentable as the Belgian’s injury is that could see him sidelined for 2-3 months, the saying goes that there is always a silver lining. This could be interpreted as the two Silva’s; David and Bernardo, both likely to be the first-choice central midfield options in De Bruyne’s absence. On the other hand, it could also be interpreted that a certain Phil Foden is able to gain more first-team game-time, which is the topic of choice for this piece.
It could be considered a risk by Guardiola to put so much faith in a player who hasn’t long been 18, but it is a risk with an even greater reward, much like football betting at Betway where betters can benefit just like the Catalan boss will do when Foden continues his rise in the footballing world.
Manchester City fans are more than aware of Foden’s talents considering he has been held in high regard in eyes of the City faithful as the most promising youngster to come through the academy in recent years.
The time for him to truly grasp this opportunity with both hands is now. The void left by De Bruyne’s absence in the ‘8’ role is able to be coated over by five current City first-team names; David Silva; Bernardo Silva; Ilkay Gundogan; Phil Foden; and Brahim Diaz with one of those players being the other name to partner De Bruyne’s replacement in midfield. The term ‘coated over’ isn’t used lightly as none of the aforementioned names could play in the manner and role that De Bruyne does for City, but they can at least play a similar role to the best of their ability.
If Bernardo and David are to be the first names in the two roles when all options are fit, Foden ranks as the second-choice option behind Gundogan in line to come into the side. Considering that City will be fighting on all four fronts again with multiple trophies in mind, rotation will be key and that means that Foden has all but guaranteed himself numerous starting and substitution appearances in the coming months.
This could be a key stage in his development whereby he continues to become more adept at influencing games from his role rather than just gaining experience. There are no expectations that he would consistently perform to the levels witnessed against Bayern Munich in pre-season and in the Community Shield fixture against Chelsea in which he provided an assist for Sergio Aguero’s 200th goal for the Blues and made three key passes, the most of any player in that game. After all, Foden is still a teenager and even glimpses of the potential shown in the games would gratify City fans’ need to see Foden’s brilliance in the time De Bruyne is out as his rise to stardom advances.