Arteta – Foden’s potential is ‘limitless’

Manchester City
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is expected to name a strong side when his team make the short trip to Preston in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta claims Phil Foden's potential is "limitless" as he continues to push for regular action this season.

The England Under-21 international has been labelled the next big prospect by boss Pep Guardiola, but the Stockport-born ace is being forced to be patient this season.

Foden, who graduated from City’s academy in 2017, has only made one appearance in the Premier League so far this season.

His limited game-time has come in the Carabao Cup and Champions League, but City officials refused to loan him out during the summer. They believe the 19-year-old will develop quickly if he remains at the Etihad Stadium and he proved his quality with a beautiful goal against Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month.

After scoring seven goals in 26 games last season, Foden was expected to compete with City’s growing list of superstars in 2019-20, and Arteta claims the sky is the limit for the Three Lions youngster.

“His potential is limitless,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website. “He is going to set his own limits. The most important thing is that, as a club and around the team, we have created a really healthy, inspiring and challenging environment. That’s exactly what he needs.

“The door is open. We have a manager who trusts in young players, and he’s going to get opportunities. I think he’ll be very successful. His mentality and passion to succeed is what is going to make him one of the best.”

Foden will be hoping he can force his way into City’s first team regularly soon in order to be in contention for an England place in time for next summer’s European Championships.

Former City boss Stuart Pearce has urged him to leave on loan, but Guardiola sees him as the heir to David Silva once he goes in the summer.