Later News Jun 23

After predicting rise of Xavi and Iniesta, Guardiola now touts Foden as football’s next big thing


Just how good is young Phil Foden? Well, following his two-goal heroics against Burnley in the English Premier League (EPL) this morning (SGT), Sean Dyche and his men will probably say “pretty darn good”.

 

But how far in the game can the 20-year-old go, really? Well, apparently far enough to replace the imperious David Silva, according to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

 

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Speaking after City’s 5-0 drubbing of Burnley, in which Foden played a starring role, Guardiola said: “When David said it was his last year, I told the board we have Phil, so we don't have to invest. "It is difficult to find a replacement like David, [given] what he has done with this club.

 

“But [in Foden], we have a young Manchester City fan who every time he plays gives us something unique and special. In the next decade, or 15 years, he will be an outstanding player for us. I don't have doubts.”

 

That is high praise by Guardiola. After all, Silva, who made Football Siao’s list of top-six EPL midfielders of all-time, has enjoyed a stellar career at City, wining no less than 11 major trophies (no, the Community Shield does not count, regardless of what Jose Mourinho wants you to believe) throughout his decade-long career at the Manchester club.

 

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Now, this is not the first time that Guardiola has predicted big things for a young, exciting prospect. More than 20 years ago, he pinpointed Xavi as his own heir apparent at Barcelona. Barely a year later, he went on to name a certain Andres Iniesta as Xavi’s heir apparent at the Catalan club.

 

So, when Guardiola says a player has the potential to make it big, you sit up and listen.

 

Especially when he actually took the time to single Foden out for praise on the day his top striker Sergio Aguero suffered a knee injury that could potentially rule him out for the rest of the season.

 

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Lesser managers would have spent the post-match sobbing in a corner at the prospect of playing Gabriel Jesus for the remainder of their Champions League matches, but Guardiola – perhaps emboldened by the impressive performance of Foden – remained unfazed, although he did concede that the Argentinian’s injury “doesn’t look good”.

 

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