City’s Youth Prospects Ready To Be Uncovered By Guardiola
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 9, 2016
Since Manchester City have built the £200m complex in 2014 many people have expected superstars to come out of the youth team and into the first team frequently, but under Pellegrini the fans expectation of youth promotion have not really been met, despite the introduction of fans favorite Kelechi Iheanacho who has relished the chance to show his worth in the first team.
In 2008 Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City Football Club, and said, “We are building a structure for the future, not just a team of all-stars” He didn’t really have anything to back this up, until 6 years later, when the beautiful CFA opened the door to kids around the globe. With the complex, City don’t only have a layer of world class talent, but also a foundation of top scouts and hungry kids eager for a chance in the first team of which there are a few I expect Pep Guardiola to experiment with.
City have evidently had their defensive frailties as of recent with both sets of full backs ageing. There are several reported names as to who City could buy in the summer, at left-back names such as Alex Sandro (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba have been mentioned, although all these names would be fantastic signings, does Pep really need to spend big money for big names? Angelino is the obvious youth graduate who could be promoted to the first team. The Spanish left-back has recently had a loan spell at City’s sister club New York City, where he has put in a number of fantastic performances, Angelino has also made his first team debut this season in the FA cup against Aston Villa, where he came on as a late sub.
At right-back, Pablo Maffeo looks like he could be in Pep Guardiola’s plans, as Pablo recently went on loan to Pere Guardiola’s (Pep’s brother) football club, Girona, in the Spanish Second division. This makes us think that Pep wants his brother to keep an eye on Maffeo and keep track of his progress, so he can possibly be used in the first team next season.
A few weeks ago, City played Chelsea at Stamford bridge in the FA cup, with the fixture schedule going against City leaving only a few days between the game vs Chelsea and a big game in the Last 16 of the Champions League, Pellegrini controversially decided it would be best for him to name a very young side vs Chelsea. On that occasion, from the City’s youth ranks he played Tosin Adaribayo, Aleix Garcia, Manu Garcia, David Faupala and Bersant Celina. Centre back Adaribayo is one of the most promising, in fact for his endeavours he was voted City’s Man Of The Match against Chelsea. Aleix Garcia was a personal favourite of mine, he was very confident on the ball, stringing passes together all of the place, short range and long range. Alongside his excellent passing qualities, he was keen to press, he is someone I would expect Pep to like, the other Garcia, Manu is also a very exciting prospect, Pellegrini often has him in the first team squad, and has had a couple of appearances for City, including a goal in the Capital One cup. Manu has been compared to David Silva, the way he finds pockets a space and his intricate passing is identical to Silva, which makes people wonder whether Silva will need to be replaced with a big money signing. Bersant Celina has made his first team debut already, in a 3-1 loss to Leicester, where he picked up an assist very quickly into his debut, with an exquisite cross. Faupala scored on his first team debut against Chelsea in the 5-1 loss in the FA cup, but with Kelechi Iheanacho, Sergio Aguero and whoever Pep decides to bring in summer, with reports suggesting that Bony will be off following a disappointing spell at City since his arrival from Swansea.
Pep is known for his eagerness in promoting youth players. At Barcelona he threw Pedro and Busquets straight into the deep end, and turned them into world class footballers, a lot of people doubted if they were ready for first team action but within a year they had won every club honour possible and were playing in Spain’s World Cup winning side. With Bayern, he puts his trust into a lot of youth, and most recently has been seen mentoring Joshua Kimmich with a very intense, passionate ‘pep talk’ on the pitch after a 0-0 draw to Borussia Dortmund.
Also Pep Guardiola’s Twitter run by his agency – @PepTeam – has been tweeting about 16-year-old Brahim Diaz, a young skillful forward at City, who is likened to Lionel Messi given his low centre of gravity and exciting dribbling abilities. Only recently, he was hyped after stealing the show this incredible individual goal – https://streamable.com/4yml – for the youth team. At City, Guardiola will not have the inside knowledge he had before he had when he took over Barcelona first team, as he managed Barca B beforehand, but he will speak at length with Txiki Berigistain and Pellegrini and has had plenty of time to assess what he has in the youth ranks. It will be an exciting time for City fans, seeing their youth products being given the limelight their talent truly merits, we have to wait and see as to who will be featuring in the first team in the Pep era.