Phil Foden has been urged to leave the club on loan in January by one former Manchester City star.
The 19-year-old has not started for Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League this season, despite being in good form when he has been used.
Guardiola recently claimed that Foden is the only player City will never sell – even for €500million.
But former Manchester City boss Pearce has suggested he should leave on loan in January to secure regular first-team football.
He told talkSPORT: “In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment.
“Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age.
“He’s coming to that age where he needs to play some games.
“I think six months out on loan, if he hasn’t broken into the team, would do him the world of good.
“Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line is, you’ve got to play.
“Frank’s chucked a few youngsters in at Chelsea and that’s probably brought Foden’s name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn’t getting game time.
“You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training.”