Manchester City have a development problem with their young teammates.
With local rivals Manchester United playing a breathtaking 4,077 consecutive games with a youth squad player in their squad on match day, City are set to lose another sensational young player to Eric Garcia.
Guardiola said of Garcia: “He’s going to play for Barcelona and he’s not an average player – he’s a top player,” adding: “he hasn’t been selected in the last two games and it broke my heart. “
Garcia, signed of In 2017, Barcelona became a superb defender for the Etihad under Guardiola. The Catalan coach would have wanted his compatriot to climb the ranks and embody the defense of City.
Instead, Garcia’s reluctance to sign a new contract was clear this summer (if Barcelona hadn’t been financially devastated, he likely would have already left by then) and he’s now set to join a long list of great talents to leave the Etihad campus. without ever really having the opportunity to show off his stuff for the first team.
As much as Phil Foden is going to be a star and Oleksandr Zinchenko is a good guy on the team, they are rare exceptions to the rule. Tosin Adarabioyo is thriving at Fulham and you would expect Eric Garcia to do the same at Barcelona.
To keep up with the trend, we’ve listed a few of City’s other great examples of botching with one of their youngsters and followed what happened next.
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Time in Manchester City: 2015-2017
Games for Manchester City: 0
Magnificent Jadon Sancho left City in 2017 feeling ready for more first-team minutes than Pep Guardiola was prepared to provide. What happened next ? He joined Borussia Dortmund, was immediately given the no. 7 and made his debut within two months of arriving in the Bundesliga. Since then he has grown from strength to strength, developing a phenomenally rounded attacking skill set and becoming one of the brightest talents in all of Europe.
Would it have killed Pep to give the kid a few minutes? He could have been a mainstay on City’s right side and made the signing of Riyad Mahrez unnecessary, saving the club £ 60million. City could mostly live to regret him if he returns to England and joins Manchester United or Liverpool, as many believe they will.
Time in Manchester City: 1999-2009
Games for Manchester City: 0
After a decade at City, Trippier had yet to make his first-team debut and was therefore loaned to Barnsley. A loan and subsequent permanent move to Burnley followed. What happened next ? Trippier excelled under Sean Dyche and moved to Tottenham where he became a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, established himself as an England regular and scored in the World Cup semi-finals. He was found to be in excess of requirements and moved to Spain to play for Atlético Madrid where he is on track to win the La Liga title despite a recent ban for breaking the betting rules.
Not a big lack for City because Kyle Walker and now Joao Cancelo have served them well, but still a huge talent.
Time in Manchester City: 2006-2009
Games for Manchester City: 32 (6 goals)
Sturridge was voted Man City Young Player of the Year in 2008/09, which made the club all the more infuriating that he, like Garcia, let his contract expire. What happened next ? The youngster joined Chelsea and immediately played a role in the squad for the next four years (save for a brief loan spell at Bolton), winning the Premier League and Champions League with the Blues.
Sturridge then moved to Liverpool where he became a key part of their phenomenal title in 2013/14, but started to suffer a lot of injuries. Although he spent seven years on Merseyside, he never really looked like he was returning to 2014 glory and left the club for Turkish side Trabzonspor just ahead of Liverpool’s 2019/20 triumph. . He was doing well in Turkey but was released from his contract just before FIFA imposed a four-month suspension on him for breaking the betting rules.
Could City have used it? Well, certainly. A player of his talent is always useful. But he’s so injury prone it’s hard to tell they missed him.
Time in Manchester City: 2008-2012
Games for Manchester City: 1
Mee was born and raised in Manchester and won the Youth Cup with City (as captain) in 2008. He only played one League Cup game for the team before being loaned out. , first in Leicester, then in Burnley. He signed definitively for the Clarets in 2012 at the same time as his youth cup teammate Kieran Trippier.
What happened next ? Over the next several years, Mee became nothing less than a Burnley legend. He is currently the club’s captain and their defensive colossus who has helped them grow into an established Premier League team. He has 18 months to make one of Burnley’s top 10 best appearance designers. Could he have helped City? Considering all the nonsense they’ve associated Vincent Kompany with over the years, it’s hard to say Mee wouldn’t have done well there, but he might have needed Sean Dyche’s advice to find his way. way.
Time in Manchester City: 2004-2014
Games for Manchester City: 0
What happened next ? After a decade in the youth system, Brooks moved to Sheffield United where he made his first-team debut after one season and his first international cap with Wales quickly followed. Brooks eventually moved to Bournemouth where he remains to this day. However, under Eddie Howe he has grown into a wonderfully stylish and dynamic forward, the kind of player Pep Guardiola would like to have by his side. It’s such a shame that all of his 2019/20 has been destroyed by injuries and now he has to rebuild himself.
Time in Manchester City: 2005-2009
Games for Manchester City: ten
The son of a Manchester United legend, Kasper has played for City’s first team a few times, but most of his time at the Etihad has been spent on loan in the lower leagues. However, he eventually left City for good in 2009. What happened next ? One year at Notts County in League Two was enough to convince Championship Leeds to sign him, and after a year there he joined Leicester.
The rest, as they say, is history. Schmeichel has become number one in Denmark. 1, helped Leicester win the Chamionship, survive in the Premier League and then, implausibly, win the Premier League. The miracle of 2015/16 will always be one that Schmeichel can hold onto with immense pride, though he has likely never been good enough to be City’s starting keeper. He’s carved out a hell of a great career, completely separate from City and his father’s imposing legacy.