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Foden: I’ve already improved under Pep

LEARNING: Phil Foden feels he's already improved since working with Pep Guardiola.

LEARNING: Phil Foden feels he's already improved since working with Pep Guardiola.

Phil Foden says he is already reaping the benefits of Pep Guardiola’s tutelage.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been training with the first team since the start of the season and already feels he is seeing improvements in his game.

Foden was back with Simon Davies’ EDS for the 2-2 draw with Sunderland and nearly proved to be the match winner as he cannoned a shot off the underside of the bar with the last kick of the game.

With his fluid style, the England junior is a pleasure to watch and despite being five years younger than the Under-23 age limit in the Premier League 2, he credits Guardiola in helping him in the transition from the U18s.

“I’m really enjoying training with the first team,” said the Stockport youngster.

“Working with Pep has made things easier when I come back down to the EDS because he’s making me a better player.

“Every day I’m learning what it’s like to be in the first team and how they work and it’s all a great experience.”

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Much like his first team colleagues Bernardo and David Silva, Foden does not rely an imposing stature to exert his influence on the game.

It was a physical encounter against the Black Cats, Foden was buffeted on more than one occasion as Sunderland looked to quell the Blues' creative department.

However, he admits the robust side of the game does not faze him.

“They had a few experienced players like Duncan Watmore and they were physical, but I felt we dealt with it quite well,” he explained.

“I’m not the biggest so I don’t try to make the game a physical battle. I use my brain instead.”

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That’s a trait which could also be applied to team-mate Brahim Diaz, who joined Foden in the first team squad during the Club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

The Spaniard proved invaluable for the EDS against Sunderland, netting both goals, including a sublime second, but that's not something that surprises the midfielder.

“He’s got a lot of quality,” added Foden.

“He’s scored two goals at the weekend and showed how good a player he really is.”

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