After Manchester City beat Newcastle United 1-0 on Saturday night, Kieran Trippier admitted that Phil Foden had one hell of a game.
Speaking to Football on TNT Sports after the contest, the Magpies skipper was quizzed about what went wrong with his side’s display at the Etihad Stadium.
Kieran Trippier pinpointed that Phil Foden was given the freedom by Newcastle United to run riot, which gave Manchester City an edge over them.
Kieran Trippier dubs Phil Foden as ‘fantastic’ after Manchester City beat Newcastle
It was reported in June that the Sky Blues were on the lookout for new wingers in order to ensure Foden finally plays in midfield.
Well, Kevin De Bruyne’s injury has now given the Englishman the platform to do so, as he was unplayable against Eddie Howe’s side, setting up Julian Alvarez’s opener and running the entire show.
Newcastle right-back Kieran Trippier also went on to acknowledge the brilliance of Phil Foden as Manchester City made it two Premier League wins out of two.
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“I think when we regained the ball, we turned it over too much, I think. You know Phil’s a fantastic player, [but] he had too much space in the pockets and when he gets on that turn, he’s dangerous.”
Phil Foden may have had one of the most important nights of his club career
Considering the 23-year-old has completed club football, it may be bizarre to make such a claim.
But as Kieran Trippier acknowledged, the five-time Premier League winner looked the part in midfield as Manchester City dominated Newcastle.
For years, while Foden has been sensational for his boyhood club, there has been a clamour to deploy him in his natural position.
However, that was easier said than done, considering all-time greats such as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva often took up spots in midfield.
But as Phil Foden finally got his big break and that too against a Champions League team as a No.10, he proved why he deserves to be handed the keys.