'Dynamic Foden fundamental' for City, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to the tactical versatility of Phil Foden, describing the England international as 'fundamental' to the City squad.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has shone in a variety of positions for City this season. At different times Foden has been deployed out wide on either wing, behind the striker or further upfront.

And speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League Group C fixture against Marseille, the City manager said Foden’s adaptability was a huge bonus for him.


“Yeah, it’s so good. Now in this moment I see him playing upfront because of his dynamic sense of goal and he helps us with first pressure,” Guardiola declared.

“When he is 24, 25 I think he will be able to play more defensive positions.

“Now he can play both wingers, behind strikers and as a striker.

“As a manager, having a player like this who can play several positions is fundamental.”

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