Manchester City ace Phil Foden has shown he has plenty of strings to his bow this season.

Foden has been used in a number of different roles by City boss Pep Guardiola during the 2020-21 campaign so far.

The England international has played in central midfield - as a "number 8" or "number 10" - as well as out wide and even up front, in a "false 9" position.

No matter where he has played, the 20-year-old Academy product has earned plaudits for his performances for City this term.

Foden was left on the bench for Saturday's Premier League showdown with West Ham United on Saturday.

Before that game, he had made 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists.

In the build-up to the West Ham match, Foden was interviewed by former Hammers star Joe Cole for BT Sport.

Asked to name his favourite position, Foden said: "Some games, I've played three different positions. I've played off the left, off the right, false nine, and in the middle.

"But from growing up, I've always played in one of the eight or 10 roles.

"So I'd like to see myself hopefully playing there one day, in the middle."

Foden has had to be patient in establishing himself as a regular member of the first-team squad under Guardiola - but that is now paying off.

"I'm not going to lie, it was quite difficult not playing as much football as obviously I wanted to," said the youngster.

"But you know how quality our squad is and it was very hard to play at the time.

"I just kept working hard every day in training and learning different sides to my game.

"And like you can see this year, I'm more mature and getting trusted a lot more."

On his form this season, Foden added: "I feel like my game has come on a lot this year and I've developed, become more mature on the ball and handling the ball.

"I've just got used to playing with the team, being here for a couple of years now, I feel properly settled into the team and I'm just enjoying my football."

As for what it is like working with Guardiola, Foden said: "He improves every player, on and off the field.

Manchester City consolidated their position at the top of the league with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Is the title all theirs already?

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"He follows you on the touchline and when someone makes a mistake, (you see) how much he cares about it. That's just how he is.

"But that isn't a bad thing. It pushes everyone to be better every day.

"He's the best coach I could probably ever ask for to imporove my game, so I'm very thankful."