Phil Foden ‘enjoys’ his role as center forward as the Englishman stars in Manchester City’s win over Brighton with two goals and an assist … and manager Pep Guardiola says he ‘likes Phil everywhere’ on the pitch
- Phil Foden shone in a center-forward role when Manchester City beat Brighton
- The Englishman scored twice and helped another in his team’s 4-1 win
- You are enjoying the freedom that comes with playing a more central role.
- Pep Guardiola praised Foden’s quality and versatility in the front row
Phil Foden revealed that he enjoys life in an unfamiliar position after his performance as man of the match as center forward in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Brighton.
The 21-year-old has impressed this season in a variety of front row positions, starring against Liverpool on the right, but Guardiola relied on the Englishman down the middle against Brighton, with Gabriel Jesus pushed out.
Foden responded with two goals and an assist and had a chance to seal a hat-trick, and although he failed to do so, the City star enjoys the freedom that comes with the job.
Phil Foden scored twice himself and assisted another in Manchester City’s 4-1 win
Brighton’s defense struggled to deal with Foden who was deployed down the middle
‘I’m enjoying it. I can dive deep and take the ball, knock out the passes, ” Foden told SkySports.
“It’s a new role for me, all I can say is that I’m really enjoying it. We change it from game to game, sometimes I stay taller than normal.
‘In this game with the way they go from man to man, the goal was to get in and get as much of the ball as possible. Another day I could have scored three, but the main thing is the result and I am happy that we achieved it. ”
Guardiola has used Foden, Jesus and Grealish at times as the focal point of the attack, as well as Raheem Sterling, who missed out on the team against Brighton due to injury.
Pep Guardiola praised the Englishman and the quality he offers in the field
The City manager praised Foden when asked why he likes the youngster as a forward.
He said. Well I’d say I like Phil everywhere! I like Phil for the fact that he knows how to play football and we can have one more man in the positions we want to play, because to pass the ball you have, in certain areas of the game, to have more players.
‘He has the quality to do it. The first control, and then the ability to dribble and be so aggressive attacking 10, 15, 20 meters to the centrals.
“He scored two goals but I had the feeling that he could have scored more because in the last games his decision-making is not perfect. But is he [21 years old], upgrade to ‘.
Jamie Redknapp claimed that Foden could be even more effective if he plays deeper in midfield.
After the game, Jamie Redknapp was full of praise for Foden’s display, although he suggested that even though he shone in the more advanced role, there could be more in a slightly deeper position.
“I guess he would like to play where Bernardo Silva or Kevin De Bruyne, where he’s involved all the time,” Redknapp said.
“He is an incredibly intelligent footballer, he is so brilliant with his movement and his goals.
“His complete game is great, but I still think that if he played in an even deeper position, we would see even more of him because you know he wants to be on the ball.”