Manchester City’s team spirit has helped Marc-Vivien Foe successfully fight an early doors suspension. The Cameroon World Cup star had tecnically picked up a four-match ban two years ago while at West Ham United when he was twice sent-off and was then transferred before he could serve his punishment.
But the 27-year-old midfielder, who started both games on the Blues successful mini-tour to Denmark, threw himself at the mercy of the Football Association.
“I’m glad it worked out all right as it would have been difficult for me to have to sit out and watch those opening four games.”
“If someone had played in my place, I would have wanted them to do well because we have to stick together as a team, that is the most important thing.
“The squad system is a good thing and allows the manager to do what he wants with tactics. »
Foe, who turned his back on Champions League action with crack French side Lyons so that he could pursue a one-year loan deal at Maine Road, is anxious to build an on-the-field relationship as quickly as possible with Kevin Keegan’s playmakers Ali Benarbia and Eyal Berkovic.
“The most important thing for me is that, as a team, we play for each other,” he went on.
“There are 30 players here and we have to compete for places but also stick together as a squad. If we do that then in the long term we will get some good results.
“I believe my job in midfield is to provide the hard work while players like Ali Benarbia and Eyal Berkovic will provide the pretty football. I am delighted to have players like that in the same team as it will make it very easy for me to work hard for them and then give them the ball.
“Their job is to play with the ball and it will be up to me to get it for them. It is a big challenge for me and I hope I will be able to meet that challenge.
“I think it is always hard work in the Premiership and if you want success in anything you have to work hard. I think now that we are in the right frame of mind to work hard.”