Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested that Phil Foden may not start against Arsenal tomorrow despite the absence of David Silva.
The 19-year-old put in an excellent display against Dinamo Zagreb midweek but when asked if he was in line to start at the Emirates, Guardiola was pretty cryptic in his response:
“He could be ready, but there’s Gundo and Kevin who didn’t play in Zagreb, Bernardo can play there too.”
Supporters have been growing more frustrated with Guardiola’s treatment of Foden and want the teenager to be given his first league start of the season:
Making excuses already. Just play the kid!
— Jonny (@mcfc_JD) December 13, 2019
So no then
— Elliot (@Ell_1894) December 13, 2019
Pep has lost it. He just wants teams to run us down so easily in that midfield. I’d rather Bernardo than Gundo in that midfield
— Manchester City Are Champions. (@FifaProXI_FPL) December 13, 2019
@PepTeam Foden ??????? should play against Arsenal. Can play perfectly with K. De Bruyne ??. At least one half.
Steerling??????? Jesús?? Bernardo ??
Foden??????? De Bruyne??
— J@vi (@jdiazm11) December 14, 2019
What a very long and disappointing way to say NOhttps://t.co/p745iAuxuX
— Teboho The Cityzen (@Ke_Teboho) December 14, 2019
No I’m sorry pep you have to play Phil.
— Frannymcfc70 (@frannymcfc70) December 13, 2019
Ffs how much more does Foden have to do
— Vince Menniti (@VinnyM7) December 13, 2019
Midfield picking order for me:
KDB, Rodri, David, Bernardo, Gundogan, Foden, Zinchencho.
— David Adamson (@davidadamson938) December 14, 2019
— Cityzen (@RuksyLaser) December 14, 2019
— ?? Start Eric Garcia ? (@mancitymj14) December 14, 2019
With Foden having scored and provided an assist in the 4-1 win in Zagreb on Wednesday night, he could hardly have done more to convince Guardiola that he is deserving of a start.
However, the City boss has hinted that the England Under 21 international’s decision making leaves a lot to be desired and that may play a role if the likes of Ilkay Gundogan or Bernardo Silva are picked ahead of him tomorrow evening.