‘He is at the stage where he needs to kick on to the next level’: Shaun Wright-Phillips urges Phil Foden to follow Jadon Sancho’s example and leave Manchester City in search of game time
- Shaun Wright-Phillips has urged wonderkid Phil Foden to leave Manchester City
- The City starlet has completed the full 90 minutes just once so far this season
- Foden came through City’s academy with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho
- But Sancho chose to join the German club in 2017 in search of regular action
Shaun Wright-Phillips has urged Manchester City starlet Phil Foden to follow Jadon Sancho’s example and leave the club in search of regular match action.
The teenage midfielder had progressed through City’s academy ranks alongside Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho, but the latter opted to move to the Bundesliga in 2017 after struggling to break into the first-team fold at the Etihad.
Foden has completed the full 90 minutes just once so far this season, and Wright-Phillips believes that the youngster will soon be faced with a big decision to make in the near future.
Shaun Wright-Phillips has urged Phil Foden to leave Manchester City in search of game time
He told Sportingbet: ‘Phil Foden will have a big decision on his hands this summer.
‘In any footballer’s head there comes a point where he recognises that he needs to be playing more games.
‘It’s fair to think that if Phil Foden was playing regularly, he has enough quality to be in the England setup.
‘There is a danger that a lack of game time could stagnate his career.’
But despite City boss Pep Guardiola claiming that the title chasers would never sell the 19-year-old prodigy, Foden has featured in just 83 top flight minutes – and Wright-Phillips highlighted the benefits of seeking a move abroad.
Jadon Sancho opted to join Borussia Dortmund after struggling to break through with City
Wright-Phillips played for City between 2008-2011 before later joining Queens Park Rangers
He added: ‘Of course, he’s learning from some amazing players, he’s fought his way through, he’s taken his chances when given but he is at the stage where he needs to kick on to the next level and play consistently.
‘You look at someone like Jadon Sancho, he took the chance of going abroad to get more game time and now he’s possibly up there with the top players, wingers, in the world.
‘Youth has always been essential to the Man City setup and they are screaming out for a player like Phil Foden to establish himself in the team.
‘But Foden needs to decide whether it is best to wait around or move on elsewhere to establish himself.
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