Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola may have a tantalising new midfield pivot on his arms after watching Metropolis gamers star in England’s exploits over the worldwide break
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola may have been left purring by England’s performances over the worldwide break.
Though England may solely muster a disappointing 1-1 draw with Hungary on Tuesday night time, the Three Lions had been made up of 5 Blues – with half of England’s outfield facet at Wembley fashioned of Metropolis gamers.
Even England’s equalising aim was made in Manchester, with Phil Foden teeing up John Stones to salvage a degree for Gareth Southgate’s facet.
On the tender age of 21, Foden has already established himself as a pivotal participant for each membership and nation. Earlier than the draw with Hungary, Foden ran the present in England’s 5-0 demolition of Andorra from a deeper function in central midfield.
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And the Stockport-born magician is ready to cap a shocking week by penning a bumper new six-year deal value virtually £50million to stay on the Etihad.
Guardiola regards Foden as Metropolis’s crown jewel and has beforehand labelled the star as “unsellable”. The Spaniard had already earmarked Foden as Metropolis’s new chief orchestrator in midfield lengthy earlier than David Silva wrapped up his decade-long album of enchantment final 12 months.
Though it was solely in opposition to Andorra, Foden confirmed Guardiola that he’s able to step up the mantle as Metropolis’s chief midfield creator – alongside England team-mate Jack Grealish.
Grealish’s record-breaking £100m swap to Metropolis this summer season has already catapulted him to the forefront of Southgate’s musings, with the ex-Aston Villa beginning three of England’s 5 video games since his mega-money transfer to Manchester.
Nevertheless, England’s conflict with Hungary maybe indicated that he isn’t totally received Southgate over simply but.
Grealish was England’s finest participant on the night time by a rustic mile. However the England chief nonetheless selected to withdraw him on the hour mark – a choice slammed unanimously by followers and pundits alike.
Regardless of Grealish’s continued worldwide frustrations, are already indicators that he is immune from Guardiola’s famed and feared rotation coverage on the Etihad – so it is absolutely solely a matter of time earlier than the ball drops for Southgate, too.
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Each Grealish and Foden have competed for a spot in Guardiola’s entrance three, however after this worldwide break, the Metropolis boss could also be questioning if the good transfer is to pair them up collectively.
Foden’s mature and dominant show final weekend already demonstrated his skill to thrive in a quantity eight function, and it was effectively documented within the build-up to Grealish’s arrival on the Etihad that Guardiola noticed his future in the same central function.
The prospect of the pair performing as an attacking double pivot in Metropolis’s midfield is tantalising.
The duo are each in a league of their very own at Metropolis with regards to driving play ahead and taking up opponents and would supply a distinct possibility in that place than the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.
With Guardiola additionally favouring De Bruyne as a false 9 on events, it appears a lock that, ought to Metropolis wrap up their multi-year settlement for Foden, he and Grealish will kind the muse of Metropolis’s midfield for the foreseeable future.
It is a mixture that would definitely add one other dimension to Metropolis’s meticulous build-up play – even with their continued striker woes.
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Pairing up them simply forward of Rodri in tandem quantity eight spots looks like the right approach to slot in a pair of gamers who’re each invaluable to Guardiola for various causes.
Academy graduate Foden has lengthy been groomed for the throne as the primary man on the Etihad, while no outfield participant has been utilised extra by Guardiola than £100m man Grealish this time period.
The technical skill of that duo forward of the rock-solid Rodri would definitely be an intriguing experiment.
And if there’s any Premier League supervisor who has proven a willingness to experiment as a way to accomplish greatness, then it is undoubtedly Guardiola.