Manchester City star Phil Foden was once again the talk of fans on social media last night after he produced a stunning performance against Aston Villa.
The England international was making his 30th start of the season for City across all competitions, and it was up there with his best showings of the campaign.
Not only did he score a brilliant equaliser at Villa Park, he absolutely tormented Matty Cash, who has been routinely praised this term for having been solid defensively.
His struggles against Foden culminated in him getting sent off via a second yellow card for a foul on the tricky 20-year-old.
Foden is absolutely flourishing, and his performance was so well-rounded it was impossible not to notice traits from other players he’s rubbed shoulders with.
Arguably, he would not be this good and this complete had Pep Guardiola sent him out on loan, as so many fans and pundits implored him to do so a couple of years ago.
Pep proven right with Foden management
All the time he has spent on the training ground with the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero is now threatening to see Foden explode.
Had he gone out on loan, he would not have had this invaluable time in the presence of these sensational players.
Sure, going playing in the Championship or wherever might have made him tougher.
But it’s possible he would not now be channelling De Bruyne’s driving runs or the Silvas’ breathtaking ball control.