Micah Richards and Shay Given have argued that Phil Foden ought to be used more frequently in the centre role following the 23-year-old’s impressive performance in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Luton on Sunday.
Due to Erling Haaland’s stress fractured foot, Julian Alvarez was called upon to fill in as the team’s usual number nine, and Foden was chosen to play as the attacking midfielder—a position he held throughout his academy career.
Pep Guardiola has frequently used Foden out on the wing, despite the fact that the player has repeatedly said that his ideal position is No. 10. Because Kevin De Bruyne is injured this season, the England star is allowed to cut in from the wing.
He was allowed the freedom to start in the centre against Luton, but he has been observed blending in with Alvarez when Haaland is the primary striker. According to Given, Foden appears more comfortable playing behind the striker and has shown what makes him effective there.
The former City goalie commented on Match Of The Day 2, saying: “We looked at Phil Foden coming into that position, with him and Alvarez bouncing off each other.” I believe it to be his favourite position; I much like see Phil in the centre than out wide.
“He looks a natural in there,” he continued. A truly good player never panics when he has the ball; he always chooses the perfect pass and appears to have time.
Richards agreed, pointing out the attributes that Foden provides in his role as the attacking central midfielder. He gave an explanation, saying, “I think he’s one of the best in the league at that half turn and then playing that ball quickly forward.”
“I see Phil Foden get isolated on the wing occasionally. Regarding passing, quality, and suitability for that position, I would suggest Foden for the No. 10 spot.
This season, Foden has started three games in the centre position and scored during his appearance in the 3-1 Champions League away loss to RB Leipzig.