Over the coming months, Phil Foden can help Manchester City’s team fill the Kevin de Bruyne-shaped void.
Danny Murphy, a pundit and former midfielder for Liverpool, thinks Foden has what it takes to succeed the Belgian great.
On the opening day of the new Premier League season, De Bruyne’s hamstring injury dealt City’s triple defense an early setback.
He had sustained that ailment twice in the past three months, and after having surgery, he will now be sidelined for at least four months.
Matheus Nunes, a standout for Wolves, is being pursued by City to improve their midfield options, although Foden has proven he can step in for De Bruyne in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Murphy believes City already has a substitute for KDB.
Foden can be City’s primary creator, according to Anton Ferdinand and Murphy, who spoke on the FIVE YouTube channel.
“Given the constant opportunities Erling Haaland has, it’s no surprise that he scores 50 goals per season. De Bruyne is not present because Phil Foden has entered the area and has made it clear that is where he wants to play. He’s a joke,” remarked Ferdinand.
“Could he fill the boots [of De Bruyne in that central attacking role], someone asked me, and I was like: Yeah he can,” Murphy continued.
“He can make chances [but] De Bruyne is different to him. I’m not comparing their playing styles. But in terms of creativity, he [Foden] sees passes, he keeps getting in the holes. And now they’ve signed this Belgian kid Doku!”
StadiumPosts’s take: Foden’s future is in the balance.
During Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle, Foden made it quite clear why he ought to be given control of City’s attack.
In an offensive midfield position, the 23-year-old academy graduate excelled, producing seven chances.
Foden frequently found openings in the pockets and assisted Julian Alvarez on his game-winning goal.
Murphy is correct—Foden is the solution.