Brandon Williams Has Played More PL Minutes This Season Than Phil Foden In His Entire Career

Manchester City's Phil Foden is spoken to by manager Pep Guardiola before he comes on as substitute.

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It’s always quite an overwhelming experience seeing young players make their mark in the prestigious sport of football.

And one of the teenagers who has been enjoying an explosive emergence this season is Brandon Williams, who plays in the Premier League for Manchester United.

The Englishman has played in 10 league games this term, adding up a total of 686 minutes of action for his side. Moreover, he has been phenomenal in every single match, gaining the manager’s faith bit by bit.

The 19-year-old is sensational on the left flank, as Solskjær wholeheartedly deployed him in their recent clash against Chelsea in which the supporters branded him as one of the best on the pitch.

The Red Devils have always been known for their system which gives young and fresh talents to involve in first team action, allowing them to accumulate experience and get polished up to fine footballers who contribute well to the club. And it seems the Norwegian manager has not failed at maintaining the trend.

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Other young figures who have had the opportunity to thrive in significant games this campaign are Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. The gaffer had installed tremendous faith in them, deploying them in important positions in important matches, however, they did their job pretty well almost all the times.

In contrast to their Mancunian counterpart, Manchester City fails to showcase such a trend, with Pep Guardiola placing little trust in his youth asset Phil Foden, who’s a storehouse of potential.

Making an overall of 12 appearances this season, most of them being as a substitute, the talented midfielder has acquired only 259 minutes of domestic football. Furthermore, summing up all the game time he has had in his career in the Premier League, the Englishman has played only 634 minutes, 52 less than Williams.

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Despite claiming the midfielder as the ‘most talented player’ back in summer, Guardiola has not deployed the starlet much this season.

Clearly the only competition Williams face is from Luke Shaw, whereas Foden operates in the midfield where Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, IIkay Gundogan and Bernando Silva offer fierce competition to the teenager.

However, the trust Solskjær has in Williams, and the mindset to let inexperienced players handle substantial positions is certainly a praiseworthy mentality.