Rio Ferdinand the former England national has urged midfielder Phil Foden to leave Premier League Champions manchester City in search of regular football
Rio Ferdinand who played for England national team between 1997 and 2011 has urged the City youngstar to leave reigning champions City in search of more first-team football like former team-mate Jadon Sancho.
Jadon Sancho currently plays as a winger for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the England national team. Sancho was previously a youth player with Watford and Manchester City and signed for his first senior contract with Dortmund in 2017. and has had a lot of first team football and a very impressive performance for German side Borrussia dortmund.
He’s bagged nine goals and 11 assists in 32 games for the German side this season, which has also helped him break into Gareth Southgate’s England team.
The young midfielder Foden has made 20 appearances this season for City, but 13 of those have been from the bench as a substitute.
Foden is a less preferred choice for Pep-Guardiola’s Midfield when compared with likes of David Silva and Fernandinho.
Ferdinand believes Foden may have to follow in Sancho’s path and depart the Etihad Stadium to help his development as a promising young player. as he talks to talkSPORT.
“He’s got great potential, but at the end of the day he needs game time,”
“He’s not going to get that at Manchester City. Jadon Sancho didn’t, so that’s why he left.
“He demanded regular football and decided to go to Borussia Dortmund.
“To be fair he’s fully vindicated that decision – he’s a £100m+ player now.”
Ferdinand also believes Foden would not even be a regular feature in the City team even if some of their star players suffered injury.
“If there’s an injury in midfield and they’ve got a big game I don’t see him being the man to come in and fill the gap,” he added.
“For instance if David Silva was out then [Ilkay] Gundogan plays there or Bernando Silva replaces him.
“There’s no doubt Foden will improve by training with a squad of that quality, but there will come a time when he thinks to himself I want to play first-team football.
“Every footballer has that competitive nature in them and wants to be one of the first names on the teamsheet – Foden will be no different.
“I hope he gets the opportunity do that at Manchester City because it will be great for English football, but the circumstances would need to change.”
Manchester City face Watford on 9th in the Premier League, then three days later they face Schalke in the Champions League.