Phil Foden has sent a clear message to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola over the role in which he operates in for the club moving forward.
The 23-year-old excelled once again in the attacking midfield role on Monday night, complimented by the likes of Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva in a fluid advanced line for Pep Guardiola’s side.
The build-up play was on the verge of faultless from the Manchester City academy graduate, however his goalscoring prowess stole the headlines as a hat-trick scored either side of the half-time interval ensured that Guardiola’s players would maintain their winning run.
Foden’s contributions, alongside the abilities of his other Treble-winning teammates, have maintained Manchester City’s place towards the top of the Premier League table, moving the club to within just two points of current leaders Liverpool.
Speaking after Monday night’s crucial win at Brentford in West London, Phil Foden admitted his delight at recent individual performances and indicated his desire to continue operating for Manchester City in the attacking midfield role.
“I’m really delighted with my performances at the moment,” Foden said. “I’m playing a lot of minutes now and playing more inside now. I’m delighted with how I’m playing. This is the best form I’ve probably had in a (Manchester) City shirt for a long time consistently.”
He continued, “Long may that continue and continue working hard on the training pitch and I’ll keep trying to get better. I’m a person who adapts and will play a lot of positions when needed. I know in this side I will play a lot of positions and I have to be ready.”
Continuing on the subject of his performances in the centre of the park, Phil Foden admitted that any role in the middle for Manchester City he is enjoying, and that it is a role he foresees himself being utilised in for the future.
“I’m enjoying playing anywhere in the middle, that’s where I see myself playing my best football,” Foden said. “Hopefully I can keep getting more game time in the middle as much as I can. All I set for myself is to better my last season’s stats.
“That’s what I’m trying to do this year. Just improve every year, more goals and assists. Being an attacking player at City, that’s your goal. To create and score. I’m doing that well this season but I need to keep going and keep showing this level of performance more often.”
Whether or not Phil Foden’s admission of wanting to play in attacking midfield will continue this weekend remains to be seen, with Pep Guardiola very clear on his vision for the England international and the types of games he is suited to.
Everton become Manchester City’s latest opponents this weekend, as the Merseyside club travel to the Etihad Stadium hoping to claim much-needed points to move them away from the relegation zone following their 10-point deduction earlier this season.
City defeated Sean Dyche’s side in the reverse fixture towards the end of December in a 1-3 victory at Goodison Park, just days after becoming World Champions through a convincing 4-0 win over Fluminense in Saudi Arabia.
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