City v Stoke (Semi-final FA Youth cup 2nd leg)

Discussion in 'EDS and Academy Forum' started by xgorton, 27 Feb 2017.

  1. Father Paul

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    Excellent post.
    I really hope some of the class of 2017 make the grade we certainly have some real prospects. However, a word of caution, it will not be easy for these guys to make the breakthrough. Stop for one moment and look at the task they are faced with. Every summer City spend 100-150 million on new established talent and that is unlikely to stop any time soon. Some people bemoan the quality of some of these purchases but they are in the main established international class players. Pep has seen these guys training and reckons publicly at least that they have a chance of making the grade. But they have to convince him they can do a job and then go out and do it. This not an easy task for 16/17 year old's who are replacing some guy who cost 20 plus million and is an established international.
    Hands on heart. If you were manager of City and your job could depend on it would you bring in one of these kids lets say for the Cup Semi final? Because that is the only way you would find out if they are really ready yet. Garcia has made a few starts this season but do you think Pep will risk playing him on Wed against Monaco? How many games do City play each season that a win is not vital? The pressure on these young lads would be intense. Lets just hope that the 3 or 4 names most often mentioned from the current group mature over the next few years and get a chance to prove they are international class because that is what is required to get into the City squad these days.
     
  2. pizzaman

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    Does anyone know where this is being televised? Is it on City's Facebook page or on ITV4? Just checked TV listings and it's got Anglo-Welsh cup on at 7.
     
  3. doobyedoobye

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    Surely one of Pep's reasons for joining us is the academy and therefore plenty will get their chance over the next 2 or 3 years. The fact we let down so many youngsters in the past doesn't mean we will continue to do so.
     
  4. pizzaman

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    Polls, my bad! Got dates(& games) mixed up, notice it's 3rd April
     
  5. Neville Kneville

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    It also raises the crowd.

    For decades, one of the big 'crowd pleasers' at City, was a kid coming off the bench or even starting. Some did fuck all but many did something, ranging from very good, to fantastic. It doesn't mean they make it, either way. But on so many occasions it was the kid, who changed the team/crowd, & it's mostly for the better. Even Joey Barton gave us positives.

    We even saw that with Celina. Came on banged some crosses in, got an assist. Then gone.
     
  6. Neville Kneville

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    I couldn't agree more re Barker/Sané. We could all see the ability in Sané but he wasn't the best player we saw that season.

    Pep has had a difficult introduction to City due to international football & has had to run before he can walk, with the senior team.

    I'm very hopeful we will see a major improvement in the other side, starting next season.

    But, I was convinced Pellegrini was about to do that, as he went through the motions of being Mr Academy when he first arrived. I recon he's a con artist though & Pep is the real deal, so we'll see.

    If Pep can just give it an extra couple of years, rather than stopping at 3, I think we can see an amazing young team with a strong 'home grown' feel, to back up the young superstars we have signed. It really is such an exciting time. I don't think we have scratched the surface of how good it can be.
     
  7. schfc6

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    Any highlights anywhere. Not great on the interweb, can't find anywhere.
     
  8. ColinLee

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  10. royalblue

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    Kevin Kilbane was on Irish radio last night absolutely raving about the U18s. He has seen them a few times and was at the Stoke game on Friday (he is best mates with Lee Carsley). Mentioned Foden and Diaz but not for the first time he picked out the keeper Muric. Reckons he is the best young keeper he has ever seen. Said he is already better than Cabelero and Bravo. Described him as having the build of Courtois, the shot stoping ability of De Gea and the feet of Manuel Neuer. I have only seen glimpses of him. Is he as good as Kilbane says and ready for the first team as early as next season?
     

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