Faith in the Academy: Pep Guardiola must give chances to these 7 talented teenagers


Manchester City are having a spectacular season, but some reporters are already thinking about the next season.

We know that several footballers, such as Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, and Aymeric Laporte, want to leave City.

According to the British media, Manchester City are paying attention to the situations of Marco Veratti, Joshua Kimmich, and other stars at their current clubs. Scouts see these players as perfect replacements for Ilkay Gundogan.

Nevertheless, it is my firm belief that we possess the finest academy in England and should prioritize the integration of our talented young players.

We don’t need to spend even any bucks on the other, highly-paid footballers, while we have Tommy Doyle, James Mcatee, Liam Delap, Oscar Bobb, Cole Palmer, Maximo Perrone and Adedire Mebude.

Toomy Doyle and James McAtee

21-year-old Doyle (CM) and 20-year-old McAtee (MF) played incredible roles in Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League. Doyle played 33 games, scored 3 goals, and provided 4 assists, while McAtee recorded 9 goals and 3 assists in 37 games.

Both players were loaned to Sheffield United until the end of the season, and Guardiola has been closely monitoring their performances.

McAtee had a meeting with Pep in February, and considering the potential reduction of the star-studded five-man list of midfielders during the summer, it is possible that McAtee’s return could be in the cards. During pre-season, Guardiola had informed him that surpassing the five experienced midfielders would be extremely challenging, and that James needed more opportunities and experience. Now, it may be his time to make a comeback.

There is a possibility that their loan contracts will be extended.

Liam Delap

Liam Delap, a 20-year-old forward, has been loaned to Preston North End, where he has played 37 games and scored 4 goals.

Delap had to leave City due to the arrivals of Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland. He is a product of our academy, and Pep Guardiola has expressed great admiration for him.

“In every training session, he fights against Aymeric, Rúben, John, and Nathan, often coming out on top in duels… even if it means breaking his nose or enduring other injuries. He is the type of striker we lack—a ruthless, quintessential British striker. The only setback this season was his injury,” Pep stated.

Truly, Delap represents the future of City, and Pep firmly believes in his potential.

As the seasons become increasingly challenging, relying solely on two strikers is not really a good idea. Therefore, Pep should consider giving our talented Liam a chance.

Maximo Perrone and Cole Palmer

20-year-old Maximo Perrone (DF) and 21-year-old Cole Palmer (MF) have only featured in a few games this season. It is completely understandable considering the crucial nature of City’s matches, where Pep could not rely on young players in decisive moments.

Both players are expected to remain at City and will not be sent on loan. In fact, if Kalvin Phillips were to leave Manchester, Perrone would be the primary replacement for Rodri.

At the beginning of the season, Cole received several offers from championship teams, but Guardiola insisted on his stay. Having been part of our club since 2010, he has never played for any other team.

Adedire Mebude, Carlos Borges and Oscar Bobb

19-year-old Portuguese talent Carlos Borges has been named the Premier League 2 Player of the Year. Borges impressively scored 21 goals in 24 games and provided 12 assists. In recognition of his exceptional performances, Guardiola has granted him the opportunity to train with the first team. However, many of us believe that this alone is not sufficient. Carlos could have been utilized by Pep during Phil Foden’s injury absence. He has already outgrown academy football, and if the Spaniard does not include him in the Man City squad for the upcoming season, a loan move to a Premier League or Championship team should be considered.

Another talented teenager, 19-year-old Norwegian forward Oscar Bobb, may differ from Erling Haaland in terms of height and playing style, but he demonstrates both scoring prowess and a knack for providing assists. Bobb recorded 21 goals and delivered 12 assists in the Premier League 2.

18-year-old Scottish forward Adedire Mebude also contributed significantly with 21 successful strikes and 12 assists. With these promising young forwards, Man City may not need to seek additional strikers. It is possible that their next step will involve loan moves to Championship teams.

With these seven talented teenagers, Man City truly does not require any further transfers, and Pep should provide them with more opportunities. It is crucial to give chances to our academy products and allow them to showcase their abilities. Our future is in safe hands and legs!

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