Manchester City last night beat Newcastle United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium – and most of the talk today has been about Phil Foden.

The England star produced a fine display against the Magpies.

He was at the heart of everything for City.

Foden played as an attacking midfielder, rather than on the wing.

It is something City fans have been wanting to see for a while now.

Foden was trusted there given the injury to Kevin De Bruyne, and the fact Bernardo Silva was also unavailable.

Foden really shone and can surely expect a run of games there now.

Certainly, it’s a role that Gary Lineker feels he is tailor-made for…

‘Goodness me’: Gary Lineker sends firm message to Pep after seeing ‘incredible’ Man City player vs Newcastle

Lineker was an interested spectator for last night’s game.

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The Match of the Day host took to Twitter first to rave about Foden’s involvement in the game’s only goal by Julian Alvarez.

Foden collected a through ball from Mateo Kovacic, before cutting back for the Argentina forward.

Towards the end of the game though, Lineker gave his thoughts about Foden and his position.

He tweeted: “Goodness me, @PhilFoden is incredible in this more central role. Superb.”

Newcastle game was huge for Foden

Months down the line, we could well be talking about this game as being absolutely huge for Foden’s career.

It hasn’t been a particularly good 2023 for the youngster, as he found starts hard to come by.

But with De Bruyne now out injured, this could be a golden chance for him.

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He looks superb in the central role, and is a master at getting in between the lines and taking the ball on the half-turn – something Peter Crouch believes he’s the best in the Premier League at.

Hopefully, Pep will now give him a good run of games in that role, and he can get back to being one of the best young players in world football.

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