Key thoughts and analysis from Saturday’s Premier League action

Key thoughts and analysis from Saturday's Premier League action
Key thoughts and analysis from Saturday's Premier League action

theScore examines the most important developments and biggest talking points from Saturday’s slate of action in England’s top flight.

Foden can fill De Bruyne’s shoes

It’s time to let Phil Foden cook.

With superstar midfielder Kevin De Bruyne sidelined long term after a relapse of the hamstring injury he suffered in last season’s Champions League final, Pep Guardiola turned to the young Englishman to assume the mantle as Manchester City’s central creator – both literally and figuratively – on Saturday against Newcastle United.

Foden didn’t disappoint.

The 23-year-old playmaker was the focal point of City’s progressive play at the Etihad Stadium, consistently finding dangerous pockets of space and breaking free from the shackles of Bruno Guimaraes and Sandro Tonali to create chances for his teammates. He popped up everywhere and crafted City’s winning goal by identifying a hole, bursting into the Newcastle penalty area with hi

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