Pundit Kevin Campbell has suggested that Phil Foden will be playing more regularly at Manchester City this season.
The winger is preparing to take on his latest Premier League campaign with Pep Guardiola’s side after regaining the title at the end of their previous season.
Having seen Ilkay Gundogan wave goodbye to the club earlier in the summer transfer window to join Barcelona as a free agent, one pundit has claimed that this could lead to Foden having a more prominent role in the team.
Campbell backs Foden for big role
Speaking in a recent episode of the BBC’s Football Daily podcast, Campbell said this about Foden when asked if he thinks City will need a replacement for Gundogan.
He said: “I think they’ve already got one of them in the building in Phil Foden. I think Foden is going to feature a lot more now.”
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Last season saw the Englishman feature in 48 of City’s games across all competitions, starting 29 of them and chipping in with 15 goals and eight assists.
Even though the England international predominantly played in wide positions last season, he did make the odd appearance in the middle of the pitch either as a central-midfielder or in a more attacking role.
This could be why Campbell thinks Gundogan’s exit could clear a way for Foden to feature in the midfield more next season.
In addition to Gundogan’s exit, the Citizens have also seen Riyad Mahrez make a move away from the club this summer, which may also give the Englishman the chance to start more games.
Moving forward, if Foden does end up finding himself in the starting XI, he’ll have to do all he can, in any position, to show Guardiola he has what it takes to be one of the first names on the teamsheet.