Phil Foden makes Man City treble vow as he opens up on Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland

Phil Foden has been in outstanding form for Manchester City (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

England midfielder Phil Foden believes he’s ‘playing my best football’ after scoring eight goals in 10 games. He’s aiming for a second consecutive treble with Manchester City. Foden stepped up his game when Kevin De Bruyne was out due to injury, shining in a central role in many matches in the first half of the season.

Even though De Bruyne is back in action, Foden’s performance hasn’t dipped. Playing alongside De Bruyne, Foden excelled in Tuesday’s Champions League victory at FC Copenhagen, scoring his eighth goal in 10 games.

“I think it’s the most run of games that I’ve played in a City shirt consistently,” said Foden. “I’m in good form, scoring consistently and helping the team as much as I can and I’m delighted with that. I want to keep doing that, that’s the goal every game. I’d say I’m playing my best football in a City shirt.”

Fodens best position for club and country has been a subject of debate (John Walton/PA) (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

Foden has been tipped for greatness since his time in City’s junior ranks. It’s now over six years since he made his senior debut.

When star striker Erling Haaland joined De Bruyne on the sidelines in December, Foden felt it was his time to step up.

“I think I had to,” said Foden, who scored a hat-trick in last week’s Premier League win at Brentford. “They are two massive players for us, so key last year for us winning the treble. It was time for me to step up.”

City’s 3-1 win in Copenhagen was a continuation of their winning streak, making it their 11th victory in all comps. They are the favourites to keep hold of the three major trophies they snapped up last season and Foden is confident they still possess the drive to succeed.

Foden commented: “We’re showing that we’re still determined and playing the same football as last year and still wanting to win all the games. Hopefully that continues and we don’t drop our level or form.

“We’re focused. We stick by each other and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this team. I look around the dressing room and I still see the determination and hunger.”

Foden has been open about enjoying a central position on the field, which sparked national discussion when England boss Gareth Southgate placed him in a wider role.

Foden explained: “I’ve said previously that I prefer to play in the middle but I’ll do a job wherever the manager puts me. Tuesday I was out wide, and I got a goal and an assist. I’m delighted.”