2 reasons why sending Man City’s Foden out on loan is a fantastic idea

Pep Guardiola described 19-year-old Phil Foden as ‘the most talented player’ that the Man City boss had ever worked with. But he isn’t getting too much game time at the Etihad…

Ex- Liverpool, Real Madrid and Man Utd man Michael Owen has come out and said that Phil Foden should be sent on loan to get more game time under his belt.

Owen has been in Foden’s position of being one of the most highly regarded youngsters in world football. He said that it isn’t common for players to reach high standards without going out and getting that experience. “Look at the England team, there are hardly any players who go straight through. You have Marcus Rashford but apart from that there are few who don’t go and get experience”.

If Foden’s magnificent display in the recent 2-0 win for England U21’s over Kosovo, where the midfielder scored both goals isn’t enough for him to get onto the team sheet. Then here are two reasons why the youngster needs to be sent out on loan…

Season-ready

Guardiola’s Man City looks very different without one key ingredient; David Silva. He famously features in almost every single game for the Blues. By the way the manager speaks about Foden, it is highly likely that he sees him as the replacement for David Silva. A majestic midfielder who will embody the talent and quality of the entire Man City squad, featuring in every game.

To ready him for this, a season or two in a tough and competitive league such as the Championship would make his transition into first-team football a lot smoother and potentially a lot sooner.

Confidence

Although Foden is blessed with the ability to train with some of the country’s top football talents, the young midfielder will be in the shadow of his teammates. Out on loan, Foden can get a taste for being a first-team fan favourite where his team rely on him for creativity and big performances.

Giving him this hard-working and man of the match mentally will certainly benefit his game upon a return to the Etihad.