By Frank McAvennie

9th Aug, 2022 | 9:57am

Phil Foden could be axed from Man City XI after journalist's reveal - pundit

Frank McAvennie has claimed that Phil Foden won’t be a regular starter for Man City this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker said offering Foden higher wages does not mean he will be guaranteed to start.

According to The Sun’s Emillia Hawkins (2 August), the 22-year-old has agreed a new six-year contract at the Etihad.

The new deal could see his wages tripled from £65,000 per week to £200,000 per week.

The midfielder has two years left on his current deal with the Cityzens.

The England international started City’s opening Premier League game on Sunday (7 August).

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The Premier League champions began their title defence with a 2-0 victory against West Ham.

Erling Haaland scored both goals for the Sky Blues.

When asked if higher wages meant Foden could be a regular feature in the City starting XI, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I don’t think he’s going to get a regular start.

There’s only one player who’s going to start every week and that’s Haaland. He’s the only one that’s going to be a certainty this year.

He’s a great talent. He loves it there, he was brought up there, came up through the ranks, the fans love him.

“If they’ve spent a lot of money on him and they’re willing to give him that, he’ll be worth it.

Foden made 45 appearances for City across all competitions last season.

During those outings he scored 14 goals and provided 11 assists.

In other news, a pundit has told Man City to ‘tread very carefully’ as Bernardo Silva replacement identified.