SPORTbible http://www.sportbible.com/assets/images/theme/logo-blk.png 6 minutes ago 0 Shares Phil Foden Was 11 When Aguero Scored His First City Goal, He Assisted His 200th Yesterday Mon Aug 06 2018 13:01:34 GMT+0100 (BST) Mon Aug 06 2018 13:04:29 GMT+0100 (BST) Josh Lawless Josh Lawless in Football Powered by Phil Foden is living the dream right now. At just…
Phil Foden is living the dream right now. At just 18 years of age, he’s won the League Cup, the Premier League and the Community Shield – starring in the latter game against Chelsea yesterday and making us all feel very old in the process.
After electing to stay with City for a full pre-season instead of joining up with England Under 19’s for the European Championships, the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year was handed a start at Wembley by Pep Guardiola.
With Foden slotting into one of the midfield positions that would normally be occupied by David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne, he looked perfectly at home during his 76 minutes on the pitch – even creating a bit of history in the game.
His run and smart pass led to Sergio Aguero getting off the mark for the campaign and scoring his 200th City goal in 293 appearances in sky blue colours.
What’s even more incredible about the milestone is that when ‘Kun’ opened his account for City against Swansea City in 2011 after his £38 million move from Atletico Madrid, Foden was just 11 years of age.
Boyhood blue Foden, who joined the club at under nine level, was actually a ballboy for the title-winning 2011/12 season – which of course concluded with that goal from Aguero in the dying embers of the season.
The Golden Boy of England’s Under 17 World Cup win last year, he made 10 appearances for City last season and became the youngest player to receive a Premier League winners’ medal.
With a loan move off the cards and City preferring to keep him amongst the squad, the “Stockport Iniesta” is expected to feature a lot more this season.
In fact, his biggest admirer, Guardiola, says he’s ready for the task at hand.
“He was ready last season. Now he is one year on, he is more mature,” Guardiola said after the win at Wembley.
“He was training last season with us and he fought well with all of our players. It is so good to have another player with his talent. He’s a City fan and Mancunian and it is so good for us.”