Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes Phil Foden is in exactly the right place to develop as a player, and is the obvious successor to David Silva.
Much has been made of Phil Foden’s lack of game time at Manchester City, however former City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes the teenager is in exactly the right place to develop and there is no reason for him to go anywhere else.
Phil Foden earned the trust of Pep Guardiola on Tuesday night, starting the game for Manchester City against Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium. Prior to the game, Joe Hart was quick to justify Phil Foden’s current position in the City side.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the live coverage of the game, Hart said: “We all want to see Phil Foden play, but at the same time, he hasn’t got to prove anything. He’s got Manchester City, he’s got Pep Guardiola – they believe in him!“
“He doesn’t need to go out and have a season somewhere, and play some sort of different system. They believe in this guy, they believe in him being around the players that he’s around. There’s an almost obvious succession with David [Silva].”
Joe Hart went on to suggest that when Foden does become a permanent part of the Manchester City side, he will already have so much experience in this particular environment under his belt.
Hart continued: “When he does come into this team, he will have been a part of it for four years. That’s the sort of confidence you get when you’re 25 or 26 years old – he’ll have that at 20 years old. He won’t have 100 appearances and 20 goals to show to people, but he doesn’t need to show that to anyone! He’s showed it to Manchester City, he’s showed it to Pep Guardiola! His jobs done really, he’s just waiting and ready.”
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