Pep Guardiola Backs Phil Foden’s Manchester City Role After Gareth Southgate Claim

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Phil Foden was below his best at times last season despite City’s historic march to Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup glory.

Pep Guardiola insists Phil Foden can play in a number of attacking positions for Manchester City after England master Gareth Southgate claimed the forward wasn’t suitable to take a central part for his country. Southgate said people should” speak to Pep” before this week after being asked why he sounded reticent to use Foden in central areas of his attack. Southgate’s conclusion was that, as Foden tends to play largely on the sides at City, it was delicate for him to emplace the 23- time-old centrally in transnational games.

Foden was below his stylish at times last season despite City’s major march to Premier League, titleholders League and FA Cup glory.

Quizzed about Foden’s part for his platoon ahead of the treble winners’ trip to West Ham this weekend, City director Guardiola expressed support for his player.

“I’ve an inconceivable relationship with Gareth. A comment from me? It looks like I differ with him and I fully agree with him,” Guardiola told journalists on Friday.

“When you play outside it’s a fully different part but he knows, I know, that Phil can play in all positions up front- in the middle, outdoors right, left, in the pockets.

“But, as Gareth has said, in the pockets you have another responsibility, especially without the ball. occasionally you do not have to be so smart to read what happens every moment.

“But the important thing is Phil can play in the five positions up front without a problem and this is a big, big advantage for him.

“I saw the friendly game against Scotland. He started playing in the right, but moved and was utmost of the time outside. So the players move right, left, outside, outdoors. In the end it’s not a big issue.”

The West Ham game will see Guardiola back at the helm after missing two matches whilst recovering from his aft operation in Spain.

In his absence, table- cappers City maintained their 100 per cent to their title defence as assistant Juanma Lillo oversaw palms over Sheffield United and Fulham.

“I am getting better, three weeks after surgery. The croaker made a good job and, step by step, I suppose every week will be better,” Guardiola said. Know More Latest Football News…

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