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Phil Foden performance shows that he's got over off-field incident

John Reid September 22, 2020
Phil Foden in action for Manchester City
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Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden was excellent for the former Premier League champions in their 3-1 win over Wolves on Monday night.

He scored the goal which gave City an all-important two goal lead in the game. Foden finished off a passing move in style.

The fact that Foden started the game, City’s first of the season, might well indicate that he is going to be a key player this season.

Manager is obviously a fan of player

So far he has yet to have a real run of games for City, but that might change now. Pep Guardiola is obviously a fan, or he wouldn’t have picked him for such an important game.

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Foden’s performance also showed that he seems to have recovered from the recent off-field incident he had. He and Mason Greenwood were sent home from England duty, the BBC reported.

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There is no need to go into detail about that incident. No doubt it was embarrassing for both players. However, Foden’s display against Wolves shows that his game has not been affected by what happened in Iceland.

The fact that he was chosen to start the game also shows that City will back the player, and you can’t really blame them. After all, he is a very gifted individual.

Last season a lot of Foden’s appearances were limited, as he was often a substitute. That might not be the case this season. For the moment, he should keep his place in the City side.

Could have made a difference against Lyon?

Would Foden have made a difference for City in their Champions League exit to Lyon, a game he didn’t get feature in? Who can say, whoever, he might have added an impetus that City missed on the night.

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As for now, Foden will just need to work hard to make sure that he keeps his place in the City side.

He has seemingly knuckled down after the incident in Iceland, and must have impressed Guardiola in training to earn the start against Wolves.

His goal will be to make sure that there are more starts in the weeks to come. Performances similar to those against Wolves will ensure that there are, and that can only benefit both the player and the club.

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John Reid is an experienced journalist, specialising in Scottish football for a number of years.