Manchester City youngster Phil Foden is a pretty hot topic for the media at this moment in time, but it’s been suggested Everton should, in effect, make a loan move for him come the January window and I couldn’t disagree more.
The 18-year-old is incredibly highly rated and has made eight substitute appearances in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola in the season of 2018/19, and on the one hand you can say he hasn’t looked out of place – on the other I don’t think I’d look that out of place in Manchester City’s squad as long as I ran around a bit and could hit a ball five yards without falling over, but left the rest of the squad to do the real work.
It’s not like the pressure’s really on is it?
The debate now seems to be should he test himself without their protection or should he continue learning alongside their players. For pundit Chris Sutton, he feels it’s time for a loan and he told the BBC’s Monday Night Club that Everton should offer to train him up.
“Does he need to go out on loan? Sancho is the good example, going to the Bundesliga, getting game time and now he’s in Gareth Southgate’s plans. I think Foden is good enough to warrant a starting place in most Premier League sides, so therefore he needs to get that experience. And it doesn’t look like he’s going to get that at City with those players in front of him. How’s it going to benefit him if he’s staying at City and not going to play? Everton? He might get into Everton’s team.”
Clearly, the lad is talented, but we have our own talented youngsters and last time I checked Everton weren’t a training ground for the so called top six sides. Sutton can stick his suggestion unless we have a sensible buy deal on the loan and that won’t happen given his new six year deal, so we’ll focus on developing our own lads.