Phil Foden skillfully timed his run, losing his man and putting in a header. Phil Foden restored Manchester City’s two-goal lead in the semi-final of the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
At just 21 years old, these are the opportunities the Stockport-born midfielder has become accustomed to. One of the first names on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet, you just know something special is going to happen when he’s on the pitch.
There was a moment in the first half that brought the Etihad Stadium to its feet. Chasing what appeared to be a lost cause, Foden landed a ball destined for the sideline and flashed a cross across the six-yard box—begging to be tagged in.
Perhaps with a striker – Erling Haaland perhaps – that fine feat of skill would have been rewarded with a goal. But Foden’s tenacity and ability to produce moments like these will excite City fans for years to come.
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Some fans may be concerned that the 21-year-old – with two years left on his current contract – is leaving it a little late to sign an extension.
However, according to Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail, it’s just a… ‘a matter of time’ before Foden signs a new long-term contract with his youth club.
The report adds that the deal was agreed in October 2021, with announcement delays as multiple agencies sought to get their hands on one of Europe’s most popular products.
Once that is resolved with Foden’s lawyers, the deal will become official, with City ‘fearless’ about any complications.
The England international has mainly operated up front this season. Whether on the left or in the false nine roll, Foden has contributed to City’s biggest wins.
However, it is likely he could be placed in a midfield role in the future to see his abilities blossom to the absolute maximum. But wherever Foden plays, the football world knows that his exciting career has only just begun.
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