Joe Cole describes Phil Foden's display for Man City in Champions League win as a 'masterclass'


Joe Cole describes Phil Foden’s display for Man City in Champions League win over Club Brugge as a ‘masterclass’ as he says the ‘outstanding’ star needs to play ‘every minute’ for England

  • Manchester City took a comfortable 5-1 victory away against Club Brugge 
  • Phil Foden produced a brilliant assist for Joao Cancelo’s opener in the game
  • Joe Cole says Foden like David Silva can play in multiple positions during games
  • Peter Crouch said Foden is becoming as ‘influential’ as Kevin De Bruyne 


Joe Cole has praised Phil Foden after the Manchester City star produced a ‘masterclass’ in their 5-1 victory over Club Brugge.

The 21-year-old got City rolling on the night with a stunning long-range pass to Joao Cancelo who tucked away to score the opener.

Foden played in multiple positions throughout the night and City’s Belgian opponents struggled to get to grips with the England international.

Phil Foden produced a stunning performance in Manchester City's Champions League win

Phil Foden produced a stunning performance in Manchester City’s Champions League win

BT Sport pundit Cole praised Foden’s performance and admitted he’s frustrated with desires for the youngster to play in a set position.

He said: ‘First of all people say he’s a replacement for David Silva. What position did David Silva play at Manchester City for ten years?

‘Left, right, central midfield. Good players and outstanding players like him (Foden) can play deep, they can hurt you with that ball, they can run in behind, they can dribble. 

The youngster showed his passing range with a long-range ball for Joao Cancelo's opener

The youngster showed his passing range with a long-range ball for Joao Cancelo’s opener

Joe Cole praised Foden for producing a 'masterclass' on a night the Belgian side struggled to deal with him

Joe Cole praised Foden for producing a ‘masterclass’ on a night the Belgian side struggled to deal with him

‘This is a masterclass he’s put on tonight I love him. He’s always alive, he’s one of them players who can receive on the back foot, drive. He’s just a fantastic player.

‘Don’t concern yourself with the role. He has to play for England every minute and he has to play for Manchester City.

Co-pundit Peter Crouch agreed with Cole and went on to say that he feels Foden is becoming as ‘influential’ for Manchester City as Kevin De Bruyne.

Cole added that Foden like David Silva (right) is good enough to play anywhere in the team

Cole added that Foden like David Silva (right) is good enough to play anywhere in the team

Crouch added: ‘He can do everything. It would be so good for young players to look at what he’s doing. How he receives the ball, he’s always aware, looking around himself. He can literally do everything. 

‘I think Even in this Man City team full of international stars, I think he’s now becoming as influential as Kevin De Bruyne. I think we can start talking of him of that ilk and the fact that he’s English, 21 years old, he can play in any role.

‘He’s got the best manager in trying to develop. Lots of managers would pigeon hole him and put him in positions. 

‘Joe (Cole), was a fantastically gifted footballer but we had to put pigeonhole him on the left hand side for England. Guardiola would have played him in a free role, let’s not pigeonhole Foden.’

Peter Crouch says Phil Foden is as influential for Manchester City as Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne has long been known as one of Manchester City's best players

Peter Crouch raved that Foden is now as influential for Man City as star man Kevin De Bruyne

Crouch also raved about the English star’s performance at half-time of Manchester City’s win.

He said: ‘I’m enjoying watching him, honestly he really is (having some fun).

‘We talked about him in those deep areas and I know he’s supposed to be a central striker but when he drops deep it’s an absolute pleasure to watch it really is.

Foden celebrates with Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez who both got on the score sheet

Foden celebrates with Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez who both got on the score sheet

‘Just on the ball, his balance, his weight of pass. He’s popped up in every single position across the front and deep as well and he’s just been an absolute joy.’

Foden missed the start of the season for City with a foot injury but has made a huge impact since his return.

He was Manchester City’s best performer as they managed to take a point away from Anfield with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool before the October international break, in which Foden bagged his first goal of the season. 

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