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Man City’s Phil Foden Prefers Playing in the Middle After His Hat-trick vs Aston Villa

Phil Foden scored a hat-trick from an attacking midfield position as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 4-1 on Wednesday; the England midfielder admits he prefers playing in that position

Manchester City hat-trick hero Phil Foden says he prefers playing in a central attacking midfield role rather than out wide after his treble helped demolish Aston Villa 4-1.

Pep Guardiola’s treble winners were locked in a 1-1 scoreline against Unai Emery’s fourth-placed side before Foden struck with three stylish goals – one from a free-kick before half-time, then two in the second period, capped off by a brilliant long-range effort.

Foden’s ‘best position’ has been the subject of much debate among fans of both City and England – with Guardiola and Gareth Southgate rotating him between the wing and the attacking midfield position.

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The 23-year-old’s preference is clear, though. “I seem to have some really technical play in the pockets and out wide, I can do that job but I prefer it in the middle,” he told TNT Sports.

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