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With David Silva leaving Manchester City at the end of last season after a decade at the Sky Blues in which was one of the most successful reigns at the club with the Spanish magician firmly putting himself down as one of the legends of the Premier League; is it time for the new rising star from Stockport to fill his boots Phil Foden? We delve a little bit further into this today.

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Foden has been touted to become a regular starting once the Spaniard had left so now is his opportunity to take this with two hands and confirm his position in Pep Guardiola’s side. Guardiola has always spoken very highly of Foden, in fact back in 2019, Pep went on to say, “I have trained with some very special players in the past and Phil will go onto that list, he will be a Manchester City star for the next ten years!” These are some words in with Foden will be chuffed to be hearing, but he will know that this doesn’t come without hard work – and will have to say away from any further trouble.

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A starting place in the City line-up isn’t one that is guaranteed though, with competition at the Manchester side very fierce and has some seriously quality in it – probably the best depth in the country. Foden identifies himself as an central attacking midfielder and City probably has the best in the world in that position with current PFA player of the year Kevin de Bruyne.

What this means for Foden’s starting line-up chances is that he will most likely be pushed out wide to enable a starting position in the side – the position where he played on City’s opening fixture of the season in which he scored in. Again, competition is at a premium in these positions too with Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, new signing Ferran Torres and even Gabriel Jesus when Sergio Aguero is back from injury.