Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has apologised to 19-year-old England midfielder and one-time Rangers loan link Phil Foden for not giving him enough game time.
The legendary Spanish manager has built a hugely talented squad and Foden – one of England’s brightest talents – has struggled to compete with David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Rodri and co. for a spot in the XI.
Does it suggest that Pep Guardiola made a mistake in not sending the youngster up north to Rangers on loan in the summer?
Guardiola’s apology to Foden comes because the City boss thinks the midfielder “deserves to play” and because “the best way to grow up is to play minutes” [Sky Sports].
It was claimed in the summer that Rangers had failed in a bid to take the youngster north for the season [Sunday Mirror (1/9; page 73)] as Steven Gerrard looked to bulk out his squad with quality options.
Foden will have been seen as that creative, goalscoring spark from midfield and would’ve undoubtedly got that essential game time at Ibrox.
Not only that, but Foden would’ve been in a similar environment at Ibrox which he might not have been at other English clubs.
There’s a pressure to win at Ibrox which is similar at Manchester City and playing under former England captain Steven Gerrard could’ve only been good for Foden.
Going by Guardiola’s comments, it appears Foden may well be farmed out to get game time come January.
Could Rangers make up for lost time and re-enter the loan market for the £27m rated England U21 international?