CHRIS SUTTON: How can Phil Foden and Jack Grealish slot in the identical workforce? There’s undoubtedly a manner… however England boss Gareth Southgate ought to do it in another way to Pep Guardiola
- Pep Guardiola has performed Phil Foden and Jack Grealish twice in the identical workforce
- However Gareth Southgate should do it in another way if he’s to start out each for England
- Throughout Euro 2020, England had been stunted by an absence of creativity from midfield
- By utilizing Foden in a deeper central position, Southgate can decide Grealish on the left
There’s a solution to match Jack Grealish and Phil Foden into the identical workforce.
We’ve seen it occur twice at Manchester Metropolis this season — first in opposition to Chelsea, with Grealish on the left and Foden as a false 9, after which in opposition to Liverpool, with Foden on the left and Grealish as a false 9.
That isn’t going to occur with England — not whereas Harry Kane is round. However Gareth Southgate can do it a special manner.
There’s undoubtedly a solution to match Jack Grealish and Phil Foden into the identical workforce for England
Foden was masterful in his efficiency in central midfield in opposition to Andorra on Saturday evening
Throughout Euro 2020, England had been stunted by an absence of creativity from midfield in opposition to sure opponents. Take the 0-0 draw with Scotland, for instance. Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips had been a sturdy duo, defensively strong with sound positioning.
However there have been occasions once we may have executed with a passing vary like Foden’s. Rice and Phillips would win the ball however I believe it’s honest to say they weren’t the very best with it. There was an absence of direct provide line into the forwards. The possession felt slightly protected. Harry Kane would drop deep to play the extra daring passes, which wasn’t excellent.
However Foden is somebody who thrives with the sport in entrance of him. He can produce any form of cross. Towards Andorra on Saturday he was offering that link-up play, together with a pleasant help for Bukayo Saka.
He was loving life on the factitious turf, pinging passes into his team-mates’ paths with ease. England had been up in opposition to a deep defence however broke it down, again and again, due to the participant with a foot as exact as a surgeon with a scalpel.
By conserving Foden in midfield, Southgate can be free to make use of Grealish on the left wing, the place he’s at his finest. That is presuming England play a 4-2-3-1 with Kane up prime, Raheem Sterling on the correct and Mason Mount within the center. It wouldn’t be essentially the most outlandish line-up from Southgate, would it not?
By conserving Foden in midfield, Southgate can be free to make use of Grealish on the left wing
Let’s not neglect what Pep Guardiola instructed us final 12 months. The Metropolis supervisor mentioned he thinks Foden’s future is as a midfield common. ‘I’m fairly certain that with age, when he turns into 24 or 25, he’ll be capable to play extra within the defensive midfield,’ he mentioned. ‘He has to understand situations sometimes, but that will come with age.’
Foden is 21 and already recognized to some followers because the ‘Stockport Iniesta’. So this might be rushing up that course of, whereas making certain England get the very best out of Grealish too.
It’s an thought value contemplating on the very least.