Phil Foden Never Got On Against Everton Despite Standing On The Touchline For Minutes

Phil Foden was poised to come on in stoppage time of Manchester City's 3-1 win over Everton but the poor lad never got on the pitch in the end.

Fresh from signing a new six-year deal with his beloved Blues, the Stockport Iniesta starred in midweek during the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim at the Etihad, where City secured top spot of their Champions League group.

Foden played 90 minutes on that occasion but was relegated to the bench today as City returned to winning ways in the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling and the returning Kevin De Bruyne were both brought on by Pep Guardiola in the second half, with Foden stripped and ready to enter the fray for a brief cameo late on.

The 18-year old boy-wonder was there for a good five minutes, jogging up and down in the freezing cold.

Image: Sky Sports
Image: Sky Sports

But he never get on the pitch despite the ball going out of play - Guardiola opting to not bring him on because he didn't want to make a substitution on a corner.

Managers not wanting to make a sub when the opponent has a corner happens fairly frequently but while one can understand why Guardiola didn't send him on, you have to feel a bit sorry for Foden at the same time.

Guardiola speaks so highly of Foden, calling the Under 17 World Cup winner a "diamond" - but the youngster will no doubt have been a bit disappointed not to get on the pitch today.

Having played every minute of City's League Cup games so far, the youngest ever Premier League winner will surely be afforded a start in the Carabao Cup quarter final clash with Leicester City on Tuesday night.

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

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