Phil Foden is in “the best place” to develop at his current club and must not follow Jadon Sancho in moving abroad, Craig Bellamy has told The Debate
Jadon Sancho’s decision to reject a new deal at Manchester City and join Borussia Dortmund last year proved a great one for the 18-year-old, who made his first England start last Thursday, and within 24 hours of that milestone was named the Bundesliga Player of the Month for October. However, fellow Manchester City starlet Foden, whose name was also linked with a transfer overseas, should not do the same as Sancho, Bellamy said, adding that the teenager must relish the chance of working under Pep Guardiola at the Premier League champions.
“Attacking players are more like free spirits,” Bellamy said.”You can afford to put Sancho further up the pitch in the final third, let him go and do what he wants and create. In midfield, where Foden plays, there’s more responsibility. He is getting game time at Manchester City and he’s still very, very young. He’s learning off some incredible players there and the best manager I’ve seen so it makes sense for him to stay where he is.
He’s in good hands. If he gets the opportunity then to develop and go out on loan to a very good football club where he can definitely go and get his game time and then come back to takeover David Silva’s place, I see that making sense.”
Tim Sherwood, who knows a thing or two about England starlets after giving England captain Harry Kane his first Premier League start as Tottenham manager in 2014, agreed with Bellamy — but said game time is a must for the 18-year-old in the near future for him to remain in Manchester. He said: “At the moment it’s really worked for Jadon. Going out to Germany has worked this season for him. For Phil, I believe he’s with the best man. Pep Guardiola is the best man for his development.
Phil Foden probably watching Jadon Sancho playing for England with a tinge of jealously.
However, he’s also watching England knowing that in 18 months time he’s going to be the key player in that team, everything going through him and making them tick.
— JC (@SatNavJames) November 18, 2018
“He’s at a fantastic football club with fantastic players so he will get the opportunity. It needs to come next season. This year he needs to keep dipping his toe in the water by getting that experience and training with the best. Next year he needs to play otherwise he needs to go out and play. Not necessarily on a permanent deal but maybe on loan.”
Craig Bellamy is not far off the mark when he says that working with Guardiola could be the best thing for young Foden, but at the same time, for the youngster’s development, regular minutes are a must, which are sparse at Manchester City currently. It is a delicate balancing act, but something that is ultimately up to the Spanish manager and his ward to sort out.