Phil Foden and De Bruyne are undoubtedly rare talents in the Manchester City squad, particularly the Englishman who can play in multiple positions depending on the match requirements and availability of his teammates.
Over the past few years, there were concerns that Pep Guardiola has not gotten the best out of Foden by playing him at the right and left wings. Many pundits believe that the Englishman man will be better as an attacking midfielder and they might be right with their verdict.
Foden has hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks playing in the central attacking midfield role that De Bruyne had previously made his own. To some extent, he has filled the void left By the Belgian who is now recovering from four-month injury.
In the league this season, Foden has registered six assists and scored five goals in 19 appearances at the center of the pitch. Therefore, Pep Guardiola is not ruling out the possibility of playing both Foden and De Bruyne in the middle when the Belg6 fully recovered from the injury.
“They are different players but it’s true that in the final third, in the decisive moments, both are incredible. The impact in goals, in passes, is a lot,” the City manager said.
“Phil is playing unbelievably lately in that position, in the threats, and he feels comfortable.
“In certain games, of course, we can play both together in that position, in the pocket, in the middle, close to the box. In certain other games for stability, maybe not. So we have to see day by day.”
Having said this, Manchester City fans could be expecting the partnership of Foden and De Bruyne in front of Rodrigo in the near future. Although they may have to wait a little longer for this to happen as Guardiola insisted that De Bruyne needs more time to be fully ready.
The Catalan said to City fans: “Be relaxed, enjoy the minutes he’s going to play, try to win games, help us to win. Maybe in 20 minutes, he can help right now than 90. After his body will dictate how much minutes more he can get. This is my opinion.”