Phil Foden claims he has endured 'one of the worst parts of my career'

‘I love to play football and when I don’t I’m a bit frustrated’: Phil Foden says his recent spell out of the Man City team has ‘been one of the worst parts of my CAREER’, after his double helped seal FA Cup progress

  • Phil Foden has failed to play 60 minutes 12 times in the league this campaign
  • The England starlet has still managed to score 12 goals and provide five assists 
  • Re-live the action as Man City beat Bristol City 3-0 in the FA Cup fifth round

Phil Foden claimed that he has been going through one of the lowest periods of his short yet hugely successful career of late at Manchester City. 

Speaking to ITV after Tuesday night’s FA Cup action, the 22-year-old revealed that he has been struggling with ‘one of the worst parts’ of his meteoric rise as one of the brightest young talents in the game at City.

The England starlet has spent time out of the side through injury, and has found his place in the starting XI under threat with continued good form from Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish. 

But he declared himself back to full fitness, and put in a performance to back that claim up with two goals on the night against Bristol City as the reigning Premier League champions ran out 3-0 winners in the FA Cup Fifth Round clash. 

And although the 22-year-old conceded that all players go through peaks and troughs in their careers, he wasted no time in making his thoughts known, admitting he was left ‘frustrated’ by events.  

Phil Foden revealed that he has been struggling with ‘one of the worst parts’ of his career

The England forward starred for Man City as they beat Bristol City 3-0 away from home 

‘I feel much better with my feet. I feel 100% fit now and comfortable. 

‘[It has] Been one of the worst parts of my career but everyone goes through them and it is how you react. 

‘Discomfort in my feet and not playing as much. I love to play football and when I don’t I am a bit frustrated.’

Having become one of his side’s key players in recent seasons, Foden has struggled to make the impact that he has shown himself capable of. 

Part of that is down to injuries. He has been left out of the squad several times this season, and mentioned discomfort in his feet in his post-match interview. 

But with his team-mates also vying for the same spot as him – and performing well themselves – he has struggled for regular game times over the course of the current season at times. 

The 22-year-old claimed that he was now playing without the ‘discomfort’ of foot injuries

Against Bournemouth on Saturday, the Three Lions star completed more than 60 minutes of action in the Premier League for just the second time since December. 

And although he has still played 32 games for Pep Guardiola’s side this term across all competitions – scoring 12 and assisting five – he has had less time on the pitch than he enjoyed last season. 

In 28 Premier League appearances last season, Foden failed to complete more than an hour of play only five times. 

This season’s tally has already reached 12, despite making only six fewer appearances in the competition with three months of action still to come. 

And it is a similar story outside of the league, with the 22-year-old failing to make it to the hour mark twice in the Champions League, once in the League Cup, and was not even brought on in three games in those competitions. 

But his showing on Tuesday night will have shown Guardiola – who has often relied upon Foden and will know better than any what he is capable of – that he is ready to take on greater responsibility this season with the club still fighting on three fronts. 

He opened the scoring at Ashton Gate before bagging a second after a fortuitous deflection

With City locked in a title race with Arsenal that looks set to go down to the wire, Foden was also quick to highlight how important a win in football’s oldest competition would be, as well as praising the efforts of Bristol City. 

‘I don’t think it was 3-0 game it was quite tight. The game was a big challenge, they went man-to-man at times and we struggled to win individual duels. In the end our quality shone through. 

‘We haven’t won the FA Cup for a while so it is something we have been speaking about and we want to go far and try and win it. 

‘The last two games have been brilliant and we look like we are making a step forward now. Hopefully we keep up this form and finish the season strong.’

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