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PFA Player of the Year Odds: Phil Foden slashed to 7/2

In a team boasting the world-class talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Rodri and Ederson, Phil Foden is being hailed by his manager as the player of the season, so it's safe to say that the Manchester City star has come of age.

Pep Guardiola was positively gushing after Foden’s two-goal performance turned the Manchester derby on its head on Sunday, an influential display of class and maturity which ensured City remain 5/6 favourites in this most thrilling of title races.

And Guardiola’s fulsome praise of Foden’s role in the 3-1 win didn’t stop with merely applauding him as the best player at City, the Spaniard went on to laud him as world-class and the best in the Premier League.

Whether that was merely the proud post-match hyperbole of the victorious manager, or stating the obvious, the reality is that Foden - a player who could previously never quite elbow his way into a permanent spot in Guardiola’s all-star team - is surely now the first name on the City boss’ team sheet.

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Foden "catapulted into the minds of backers"

Foden has already won 16 major honours in his short City career and has twice been named the PFA’s Young Player of the Year.

And now he’s a major contender to win full Player of the Year honours for 2023/24 with his odds on landing the prize for the first time cut to 7/2, just behind team-mate Rodri at 9/4, and is in from 100/1 to 50/1 to win the Ballon d'Or.

Premier League Player of the Year 2023/24 - PFA Player of the Year

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: "While the focus has been on the likes of Rodri and his amazing unbeaten run, the returning Kevin De Bruyne and his eye-catching assists and the ever-increasing amount of match-balls on Erling Haaland’s mantelpiece, the classy performances of Phil Foden have generally gone under the radar.

"His showing against Manchester United has now catapulted him into the minds of PFA Player of the Year backers after a high-quality showing, as well as high praise from Pep Guardiola.

"The 23-year-old has been slashed from 10/1 in to 7/2 to land the gong, having already won the Young Players’ award in 2021 and 2022."

PFA Player of the Year Odds

Rodri (Man City) - 9/4
Phil Foden (Man City) - 7/2
Declan Rice (Arsenal) - 11/2
Erling Haaland (Man City) - 11/2
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - 11/2
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) - 8/1
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - 11/1

When Pep showed his faith in Foden

It was in January 2020, when City legend David Silva declared his time at the club was up, that Guardiola proclaimed Phil Foden as the Spanish playmaker’s replacement.

"We trust Phil," said Guardiola in a show of loyalty to an academy graduate who was being tipped to provide competition to the likes of De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva in City's midfield.

Such is the way of football - especially under Guardiola, whose pursuit of perfection and willingness to tinker mean bold assertions aren’t always realised - Foden’s place as a City regular has taken time to become guaranteed.

And, again because of Guardiola’s manner, it certainly hasn’t been in one position, either, with Foden appearing on the right and left of midfield, in a more central role and even leading the line when others weren’t available.

The idea that Foden might become a jack of all trades but master of none, however, always looked unlikely.

The youngster was simply too talented and this season is the season in which all that promise and all that potential has been moulded into a player who, well, in the words of Guardiola, is now world class.

Southgate surely thrilled by derby masterclass

This has already turned into Foden’s best-ever goalscoring season, with his derby double taking his tally for the campaign to 18 goals in all competitions.

This is the season in which he has also started more games than ever before - indeed no outfield player in the City side has started more games than the England ace.

In a team full of sublime talents Foden’s part in it is pivotal with seven assists to go with 11 league goals, while the countless lay-offs, incisive passes and clever runs are almost impossible to measure.

And even against United, where it was his two goals that grabbed the headlines, almost the biggest cheer of the day was saved for his tackle on Antony as the United sub tried to romp clear down the right.

An all-round masterclass from an all-round gem, all under the admiring gaze of his England boss Gareth Southgate.

Displays like Sunday’s make Foden the first name on the City team sheet and it’s hard to imagine he won’t be one of the first on England’s at this summer’s Euros.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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