Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been named the ‘Premier League Young Player’ of the season for the second consecutive season.
Foden, whose early season was disrupted by a foot injury, was able to reignite his potential to be a promising wunderkind for Pep Guardiola in the 2021- 2022 season.
Despite contending with other stars like Mason Mount and Declan Rice of Chelsea and West Ham respectively, the 21-year-old statistically out-performed the duo with 623 passes into the opposition half, 32 dribbles completed, 37 chances created, and 9 goals scored in the season.
Foden, who felt honoured to win the award for the second time, admitted that there are so many good players eligible to win it. He said, “I am very proud to have won this award for a second season in a row.
There are so many talented young players in the Premier League and it is a real honour to win it again.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has not hidden his admiration for the young midfielder, who he believes is eager to improve given the opportunity.
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“For Phil, responsibility is not a problem. Since day one going to bigger stages, bigger scenarios and important games, it’s not a problem (for him). He loves to play,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“I think in time he will be more capable to play in positions in the middle, he still has all the actions, the high speed, so maybe now the wide positions suit him better.
“In the Academy when I started to see him at 16/17-years-old when I arrived here, he played in a position like Kevin De Bruyne and wow, he played good but all the actions are so, so quick. “You remember David Silva, sometimes he slowed the rhythm to increase the rhythm, (but Phil’s) rhythm is always high.
“It’s good as he is so aggressive and we need it but sometimes he needs a little bit, but that is a question of time. He can do it no problem, it’s just a question of time,” the City boss added.
Foden, who started from Manchester City academy before joining the senior team in the 2017-2018 season, has featured 96 times in all competitions, scoring 24 goals.
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