Cape Town - Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce
believes it's crucial for Citizens midfielder Phil Foden to go out on loan and
get regular playing time.
The 19-year-old has been labelled one of England's future
stars, but he has struggled to break into the City first team since Pep
Guardiola took charge.
Foden hit the headlines in 2017 when he won the FIFA
Under-17 World Cup Golden Ball as he helped the young Three Lions lift the
trophy. In December that year, he was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the
Year, but his career has yet to really take off.
The playmaker has made over 30 appearances for the Citizens
and became the youngest recipient of a Premier League winners' medal. He also
became the youngest-ever goal scorer in the Champions League, and he is also
the youngest Englishman to start and score in the knockout stages of the
City coach Guardiola has often praised him for his ability,
and he claimed last week that he will be David Silva's replacement when he
leaves at the end of the current campaign.
Despite the praise, Foden has only made one appearance this
season and Pearce has urged him to leave the club in January.
He told Talksport: "In January, he (Foden) really needs
to look at where he is at the moment.
"Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age.
He's coming to that age where he needs to play some games. I think six months
out on loan if he hasn't broken into the team, would do him the world of good.
"Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line
is, you've got to play."
The likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo
Silva are currently blocking Foden's path into the first team, but his chance
may come in the winter months.
City will soon be competing in the Carabao Cup, Premier
League, FA Cup and Champions League and Guardiola will need to use all of his
squad as he tries to win Europe's biggest competition.
- TeamTalk Media