Phil Foden has been told to consider his future at Manchester City following the midfielder’s lack of game time at the Etihad so far this season.
That’s the verdict of former Man City star Shaun Wright-Phillips, who fears the teenager’s career is at risk of stagnating due to his lack of minutes for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Foden has failed to start a single Premier League game for the reigning champions over the opening weeks of the campaign, the 19-year-old totalling just 84 minutes of action following a series of late cameo appearances off the substitutes bench.
The Stockport-born player is regarded as one of English football’s brightest prospects, though Wright-Phillips has warned Foden he may need to seek an exit from the Etihad to fulfil his potential, using the example of former City academy star Jadon Sancho who has flourished since leaving the club for regular first-team football at Borussia Dortmund.
“Phil Foden will have a big decision on his hands this summer,” Wright-Phillips said, as per the Mirror. “In any footballer’s head there comes a point where he recognises that he needs to be playing more games.
“It’s fair to think that if Phil Foden was playing regularly, he has enough quality to be in the England set-up. There’s a danger that a lack of game time could stagnate his career.
“Of course, he’s learning from some amazing players, he’s fought his way through, he’s taken his chances when given.
“But he’s at the stage where he needs to kick on to the next level and play consistently.
“You look at someone like Jadon Sancho, he took the chance of going abroad to get more game time and now he’s possibly up there with the top players, wingers, in the world.
“Youth has always been essential to the Man City set-up and they are screaming out for a player like Foden to establish himself in the team.
“But Foden needs to decide whether it is best to wait around or move on elsewhere to establish himself.”