Could Phil Foden head out on loan in January to play more regular football? It was a strong ‘NO’ from Pep Guardiola when asked the question following today’s 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham in the FA Cup.
Foden, 18, played the full 90 minutes, scoring his first Etihad Stadium goal and second competitive goal for his boyhood club in a good performance.
The ‘Stockport Iniesta’ was making his 15th appearance of the season, but due to many appearances off the bench, his total minutes played are 543 – or the equivalent of six full 90 minute matches.
Even so, Guardiola believes Foden’s development is best off continuing at the Etihad as he gradually eases the youngster into the City first team.
So when asked if Foden could head out on loan, Pep said: “Phil Foden loan? No way! No way, impossible.
“He’s going to stay with us many, many years. Impossible. Believe me, if he plays, it’s because we believe he can play.
“We are not here to be nice people to bring him on the pitch because he’s a Manchester City fan or is a nice guy. It’s because we believe he can do it.
“He’s made mistakes and done good things – that’s part of the process. Nobody was born knowing everything.”