Manchester City: Phil Foden is a future star

RealSport are profiling some of the extremely talented England under 17 World Cup squad. Here we look at Manchester City wonderkid Phil Foden.

Born in Stockport, 28th May 2000, the 17-year-old is a Man City fan and joined the youth setup at U9 level and has remained a part of the club ever since.

He was superb playing for the U18s last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 games despite not being a striker.

His talent and application was rewarded with a call-up to the first team squad for the club’s Champions League group stage game against Celtic. In doing so, he became the club’s third youngest ever player to be named in a match day squad.

Foden was part of the England U17 European Championships squad that reached the final against Spain where the youngster scored and started every game, but agonisingly lost out on penalties.

Foden was superb in the opening 4-0 victory over Chile in the recent under 17 World Cup group stage game.

Manchester City’s David Silva 2.0?

The playmaker is slight in frame, with doubts over his physicality in the Premier League, but he’s your archetypal Pep Guardiola player.

Foden is one of those rare types of players that looks quicker on the ball than without it and, in truth, his performance against Manchester United in the preseason friendly had a ring of ‘David Silva’ to it.

In fact, it rendered his manage Pep Guardiola ‘speechless’. He said:

I don’t have words – I would like to have the right words to describe what I saw,’ said the City manager. “You are the lucky guys who saw the first game, for the first team for Manchester City, of this guy.

It’s a long time since I saw something like this. His performance was another level. He’s 17-years-old, he’s a City player, he grew up in the academy, he loves the club, he’s a City fan and for us he’s a gift.

He will stay with us training with us in the pre-season and maybe he’ll stay with us in season because he’s special.

Foden has that wonderful knack of being two steps ahead of his opponent, and is constantly scanning the pitch to get an ever changing picture in his head. A simple yet largely ignored skill for someone so young.

The playmaker is extremely silky and uses his body and close control to skip past challenges from opposition players.

He is very cultured on the ball and is the type of player England have been crying out for for years.

He is extremely confident and unfazed, taking the derby against United in the summer in his stride in front of 67,401 spectators.

Foden likes to take the game to his opponents and is always looking for ways to affect proceedings, eager to be on the ball.

He can pick a pass or strike a snap shot at goal and is certainly good enough to be playing Premier League football this coming season despite his tender years.

Manchester City need to be looking for an heir to David Silva’s ageing throne. Foden should seriously be considered as the answer.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!