Stuart Pearce urges Phil Foden to leave Man City on loan in January amid lack of game time under Pep Guardiola


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Phil Foden has been urged to go out on loan in January by former Manchester City player and manager Stuart Pearce.

The 19-year-old midfielder has not started any of the opening eight Premier League games under Pep Guardiola, who nonetheless continues to heap praise on the Englishman.

Guardiola has described Foden as the most talented player he has ever coached and, recently, insisted a €500million bid would not even tempt him to sell the teenager.

Foden is still waiting for his first England cap

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Foden is still waiting for his first England cap

But those words have not translated into game time for Foden, who has played just 384 minutes in the Premier League to this day. For context, Wayne Rooney had 5,722 minutes by Foden’s age.

The youngster is at risk of falling behind, and his England youth team-mates are already jumping ahead of him in the queue.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori all feature in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Euro qualifiers after being given a chance at Chelsea by Frank Lampard this season.

“In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment,” Pearce told talkSPORT.

Guardiola insists he is a huge fan of Foden

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Guardiola insists he is a huge fan of Foden

“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.

Pearce added: “Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line is, you’ve got to play.

“Frank’s chucked a few of the youngsters in at Chelsea and that’s probably brought Foden’s name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn’t getting game time.

“You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training.”


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