'Pleasure to watch': BBC pundit hails 'phenomenal' Manchester City star's performance vs Aston Villa

Brian Heffernan April 22, 2021
'Pleasure to watch': BBC pundit hails 'phenomenal' Manchester City star's performance vs Aston Villa
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Danny Murphy was full of praise for the performance of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden against Aston Villa last night, speaking on Match Of The Day.

Manchester City picked up another three points at Aston Villa and are edging ever closer to the league title. Amid a stellar season, Phil Foden has been a stand-out player for the Sky Blues.

The young Englishman has been a regular in Pep Guardiola’s side, making 25 Premier League appearances alongside outings in the Champions League and other cups.

The 20-year-old’s stats speak for themselves, with seven goals and five assists in the league. Foden is quickly making himself undroppable.

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Murphy on Foden

Danny Murphy was also impressed by Foden last night:

He said: “(Foden’s) decision-making is superb. He’s an absolute pleasure to watch.

“I think with his performances at the moment, what he’s actually saying to Pep and Gareth Southgate is: ‘Do not leave me out.’

“His stats are phenomenal and his end product is everything for a young player with talent and skill.

“It’s alright looking good with flicks and beating people with dribbling but when you’re hitting these type of numbers – 14 goals, nine assists – that puts you on a different level.”

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Guardiola en route to another title

With only five Premier League matches remaining, let’s take a quick look at who stands in City’s way of another title.

Trips to Crystal Palace and Newcastle United should hold no fear but hosting Chelsea between those games will be a much tougher task.

Thomas Tuchel’s reborn side put paid to City’s quadruple hopes at the weekend and the Blues are in a tight battle for a top-four place. By the time they meet on 8 May, both sides will hope they are also set to face each other in the Champions League final.

Regardless of Chelsea, Brighton and Everton are the last two teams City face and, with only three wins required to win the title, Guardiola’s team have little to fear.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.