The Lowdown: Exits and bench time
Cancelo made the switch to Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich on loan for the remainder of the season. The German club have the option to buy the defender for £61m should they want to make the deal permanent.
As for Foden, he sustained a foot injury in their Premier League clash with Manchester United last month. Manager Pep Guardiola claimed there was a chance he could play against Tottenham Hotspur, but in the end, he didn’t make the squad.
Since the return of domestic football following the World Cup, the City ace has yet to complete 90 minutes, having last done so against Brentford in December.
The Latest: Ambrose left concerned
Speaking on TalkSport, Ambrose was left concerned by the fact Guardiola would let Cancelo go out on loan and not opt to play Foden more often in recent games.
He stated: “It seems like something’s going wrong to get rid of Cancelo. I know they’ve both come out and they both said there were no issues, no problems, they just decided that he was the man to make way.
“The Phil Foden situation as well is a little bit strange. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors unless you’re actually there, we don’t see what goes on in training.
“But to keep Phil Foden on the bench and out of the team for so long, it’s surprising, because he’s such a talent, he’s such a good player.
“But like I said, Pep Guardiola, you’ve got to trust what he’s doing with the football club.”
The Verdict: Eyebrows raised
We believe that both decisions will have raised plenty of eyebrows amongst a number of City fans.
2021 was arguably Cancelo’s best year in his entire career, as he ranked highly across the board for a number of stats including interceptions and combined goals and assists among Premier League full-backs.
Foden has also been an exceptional talent for Man City in recent years. In each of the last three Premier League seasons, he’s provided over 10 goal contributions.
With those accolades, it’s easy to see why there would be questions asked about Guardiola and his recent decision-making.
His City side was recently slammed by Jamie Redknapp (via Daily Mail) for their ‘diabolical’ display in the League Cup against Southampton.
At the end of the day, Guardiola is someone who has accumulated a number of honours in his time as a manager, so whilst we may be scratching our heads at the handling of Cancelo and Foden, there must be a method to the madness.