Takeaways from the Manchester City Victory Over Fulham

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: A detailed view of a Manchester City fans hand during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: A detailed view of a Manchester City fans hand during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /
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Players Did Not Take Their Chances

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /

Early rounds of the Cup competitions are a tried and tested opportunity for fringe players to stake their claim. They get a chance to play for 90 minutes and impact a result, reminding Pep Guardiola and his assistants of what they are missing at the same time too.

Against Fulham though in what was an eminently winnable game – the kind of game a year ago we would have been ruthless in and secured at least an 8-0 victory – City laboured to a sparkle less display. Players who had their moment to claim a first team berth did not fully do so.

For Phil Foden we have so many high expectations and here was a chance for him to excel. Instead he was competent with some classy touches. That is not enough of an endorsement to have displaced any of the team in front of him at this moment.

Instead, we are left wondering if maybe Phil does need to go on loan to cut his teeth and apply his considerable talents to impacting a game.

Does this mean we will have to wait until next season until we see some more of him? I suspect not, but he could surely have done much more to worry the first team .