Phil Foden enjoys his role as central striker as the Englishman shines in Manchester City’s victory
Phil Foden enjoys his role as central striker 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 starred in a central striker role as Manchester City beat Brighton
- The Englishman scored twice and assisted another in his side’s 4-1 win
- He enjoys the freedom that comes with playing a more central role
- Pep Guardiola praised Foden’s quality and his versatility on the front line
Phil Foden revealed he is enjoying life in an unfamiliar position after his man of the match performance as a central striker in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Brighton.
The 21-year-old impressed in several frontline positions this season, starring against Liverpool on the right, but Guardiola trusted the Englishman through the middle against Brighton, as Gabriel pushed Jesus wide out.
Foden reacted with two goals and an assist and had chances for a hat-trick, and although he failed to do so, the City star enjoys the freedom that comes with the position.
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 through the middle
‘I enjoy it. I can fall deep and get the ball, pick the passes,” Foden told SkySports.
“It’s a new role for me, I can only say that I really like it. We change it from game to game, sometimes I stay higher than usual.
“This game of how they go man-to-man, the goal was to fill in and get the ball as much as possible. On another day I could have scored three, but the most important thing is the result and I’m just glad we got that.’
Guardiola has occasionally used Foden, Jesus and Grealish as centerpieces of the attack, as has Raheem Sterling, who missed the squad against Brighton due to injury.
Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the Englishman and the quality he offers on the pitch
The City boss praised Foden when asked why he likes the youngster as a striker.
He said. “Well, I’d say I like Phil everywhere! I like Phil because he knows how to play football and we can have an extra man in the positions we want to play because to pass the ball you have to have more players in certain parts of the game.
“He has the quality to do it. The first check, and then after the ability to dribble and so aggressively attacking 10, 15, 20 yards to the central defenders.
“He scored two goals, but I felt he could have scored more because in the last few games his decision-making is not perfect. But he is [21 years old], he will improve.’
Jamie Redknapp claimed Foden could be even more effective if he played deeper in midfield
After the match, Jamie Redknapp was full of praise for Foden’s performance, although he suggested that while he has excelled in the more advanced role, more could come in a slightly deeper position.
“I think he would like to play where Bernardo Silva or Kevin De Bruyne, which he is involved in all the time,” said Redknapp.
“He’s an incredibly intelligent footballer, he’s so smart with his moves and his goals.
“His all-round play is great, but I still think if he played in an even deeper position we’d see even more of him because you know he wants to be on the ball.”