Foden is a regular member of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad but is far from claiming a regular place in the starting line-up. With Sergio Aguero ahead of him, the prospect of that happening is remote at the moment. Despite this, City are confident he will extend his stay at the Etihad with negotiations underway for a new deal.
Dortmund already took Jadon Sancho, 18, to the Westfalenstadion where he is thriving in the Borussia first XI. His rapid progress has already seen him progress through the England ranks with his full debut coming in last week’s goalless draw with Croatia in Riejka.
Despite claims that the English game lacks a talent pool, the youth levels are seeing unprecedented success. It’s drawing European clubs to the top-flight English clubs and reversing the trend of the early Premier League years where the continental academies were regularly raided for the brightest talent to bring to England.
Now, Dortmund are leading the way as English clubs find themselves unable to offer a route to the first team as quickly. Sancho has no regrets about leaving the Etihad; his career sees him featuring in the Champions League while others in his peer group are finding their routes to this level blocked or restricted to substitute appearances at best.