London, February 6 (IANS) Pep Guardiola has hailed treble hero Phil Foden’s latest definitive impact after Monday’s 3-1 comeback at Brentford, saying the City star was enjoying his most influential season yet .
Neal Maupay gave Brentford a surprise lead in Monday’s game, but Foden again showed his quality and attacking ability with a brilliant hat-trick, the second of his City career, as City made it nine wins on the rebound
This latest victory has seen City move back into second place in the table, just two points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Reflecting on the win, Guardiola paid huge tribute to Foden, saying the England star was enjoying the most productive season of his career so far.
“We knew it from the other day. I said a few weeks ago that Phil is having the most influential season in the team in terms of goals and assists. This season has been very important for us. He reads the game very well. How he plays simple and is more aggressive,” Guardiola told City’s official website.
“He always has the pleasure of scoring goals and the threat in the area of six, he is always there. He’s a smart runner and the way he runs for the team. He is an exceptional player. At his age making 250 appearances for City, that means he’s had an impact since he arrived,” he added.
The Englishman, who was named Player of the Match after a perfect display, now has eight goals and seven assists in the top flight this season.