The third goal in a routine three-nil win can sometimes be forgotten fairly quickly.
The third goal in City’s 3-0 at Oxford will be remembered by those associated with Manchester City’s academy and will most certainly never be forgotten, especially those responsible for the rise of Phil Foden.
His performance at The Kassam Stadium on last night was for the record books. The ball he gave to Brahim Diaz which lead to Gabriel Jesus’s opening goal was one, David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne would have been proud of.
You would have been forgiven for thinking it was either of those players too.
Yet if it wasn’t for the Carabao Cup, the chances of seeing Foden in this form would have been unlikely.
Anybody who cares about the development of young players would have hoped to have seen more of Foden so far in the Premier League, particularly in wins against Fulham and Huddersfield.
It seems a shame that when Foden has been discussed its been to say how little game time he gets. That’s why his performance at Oxford was so important.
There was a knee slide in front of the travelling City supporters after his maiden goal. The one that glossed over City’s win. If any fans thought he lacked style off the pitch as well as on it, he certainly made them eat their words.
To those who believed he needs to on loan to continue his development away from the Etihad to achieve his potential, he made them eat their words twice over.
The Carabao Cup may well be bottom of City’s priority list this season, yet it should be top of Foden’s and so it should be, Foden’s performances in this competition may make or break his career.
That’s why we should always be thankful for the Carabao Cup. Phil Foden most certainly should.