Phil Foden has been advised to stay at Manchester City rather than seek a January loan – as he could become ‘the stand-out player of his generation’.
Foden has played just 11 minutes for City’s first team this season as he battles the club’s wealth of talent for a place in the line-up.
The 19-year-old, dubbed ‘the Stockport Iniesta’, could well be handed a start in Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash away to Preston North End.
But in terms of top-level league action, the midfielder is lagging way behind the likes of Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison who are all a similar age.
However, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged Foden to stay put in January and have faith in Pep Guardiola’s plan for him.
“He is a special, special player and in his case, I’d suggest the best thing would be to stay close to Pep Guardiola because I believe the City manager has a clear plan,” said Murphy.
“In the short term, it seems hard. But looking at the bigger picture, I can see Foden becoming the stand-out player of his generation.
“I think in 12 months time he may be a permanent fixture in the City starting line-up because I think they will trust in him rather than splash out £70million looking for a replacement for David Silva, who is in his final season.
“I’m sure Guardiola is talking to Foden about the future and I think the player should trust his manager, even if it means missing Euro 2020.
“It’s his misfortune that getting into City’s midfield is probably the toughest job in football now, but Silva will go and Foden will come in, I believe.”
However, Murphy urged Foden to re-evaluate if he is still not in the City team once Silva has left next summer.
Murphy said: “If by next September he’s still not getting games, a rethink may be called for, but not now. I believe if he were at other Big Six clubs, he’d already be a regular, it is just the competition at City is so fierce and requires a little more patience.”