October 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm #685081
It really is time that City started giving our youngsters a real chance in the first team as Iheanacho and Manu Garcia proved tonight! MOM performance from Nacho against Palace and I think Pellegrini might be tempted to have a rethink in January and name him as 1 of the 17 foreign players eligible for the Champions League especially if all the injuries continue? As we all know Aguero and Bony are injury prone and if we do manage to progress to the latter stages of the Champions League we may well need 3 proven strikers or risk going out through lack of firepower. As far as I’m concerned if you are good enough you are old enough!October 29, 2015 at 8:52 am #685537
I emphatically do not believe in giving people a chance just for the hope of it. But I believe both these players can hold their own – in fact Kelechi is worth a starting place on Saturday full stop. He is and should be a full member of the squad now. His class and assuredness is amazing – not just in the goalscoring which I think we all knew, but his composure on the ball and 2 sublime set-ups for De Bruyne and Garcia.
Top man.October 29, 2015 at 10:57 am #685711
Kelechi was as good as we all hoped last night. Ideally he’ll continue to impress and learn as he gets minutes on the pitch. I’d still bring in a loan fourth striker in January – injuries mean we’re already really stretched. If Zabba is out for weeks/months again, I’d like to see Maffeo given minutes on the pitch too, in case Sagna gets a knock.October 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm #686536
Spot on Dave, thought Kelechi was superb last night. Let’s hope he gets more starts.October 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm #686557
Our youngsters need to be introduced to PL not thrown in and burnt out, even Wenger cannot get that rightOctober 29, 2015 at 11:23 pm #686593
From what I saw on the highlights Kelechi looks like a player with great potential. He certainly knows where the goal is. He has a maturity though which showed with his assist for DeBruyne’s goal. Reminded me a bit of Sturridge being left footed. I just hope he isn’t a bighead sick note like Sturridge has become.October 30, 2015 at 12:01 am #686605
Brian Blue. Fabregas, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Gibbs, Bellerin, Coquelin are current premier league players, who were former kids Arsene introduced into the premier league at ages younger than Iheanacho.
If Iheanacho at 19 is good enough, he plays. If you treat him like a special case, so not to ‘burn him out’, he wont develop. You need to treat him like an actual member of the squad, not like a kid who has been selected for work experience. At 19, he shouldn’t ‘burn out’ anymore than any other player. He is 19 FFS, since when were 19 years olds fitness levels lacking?
Your actually living in outer space if you think Arsene Wenger’s methodology of bringing through youngsters is the wrong way, because no other manager, or other club (including City) has come close to replicating the sheer volume of young players who go onto become top players. The idea, is to play them, and let it be known they are part of the squad and are as liable as the more senior players.
Also, wait until Iheanacho actually proves himself in the first team. How many times do fans get excited about a player who is only on the fringes, and has played a handful of games? Happens all the time.
Wait until Iheanacho makes a proper impact, like Coquelin and Bellerin have at Arsenal, then you can pat yourself on the back. But until then, Iheanacho is still on probation and could vanish pretty quickly. Lets hope for City’s sake that the club arnt taking your approach of wrapping him in cotton wool for fear me might get a scratch.
Trust me, I see it all the time with Arsenal youngsters. As a City fan, it wouldnt be as obvious to you, as you dont see it as often as Arsenal
That’ll do Brian, that’ll do.October 30, 2015 at 8:23 am #686740
Replicating Arsenal in bringing through young players. You mean poaching other clubs young players syd !!! Wilshire is THE ONLY young player that you can say has come through your academy. You have been reminded of this fact numerous times by lots of other posters on this forum over the years and yet you still peddle this lie in some bizarre one man attempt at trying to convince the world that Wenger is the best manager who has ever lived. Why is it so important to you to try and convince others who have little or no interest? If Arsenal win the PL then I have no issue in saying well done, if a team accomplishes that then they are the best in the land. Until then a wise man wouldnt bragg and troll others. Sadly you don’t fit that bill.October 30, 2015 at 10:24 am #686971
So Iheanacho isnt a City youngster then?October 30, 2015 at 10:31 am #686995
Who cares Syd other than you!? He plays for us he’s tallented, young and exciting and I enjoy watching him play. In my world that’s what counts.October 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm #687922
brian blue: Sorry Brian but “If you are old enough you are good enough” IMO and believe me no teenager ever gets ‘burnt out’ as I could play 3 games a week easily when I was their age! They just want to play football and Iheanacho(cf), Denayer(cd), Garcia(am) and Angelino(lb) and maybe some other EDS players should be first team players next year if form is anything to go by? Demichelis, Clichy, Nasri and maybe some other first team players will be released/sold and the blueprint for the next generation of players will begin to emerge next season. We are in an enviable position regarding youth prospects and I would say at this moment in time that only Southampton are ahead of us? Arsenal and other Premier League teams crow about their youth systems but in reality they buy youngsters from other teams and when they make it they call them their own. Make no mistake we also do that as is the case with Iheanacho but other players like Pablo Maffeo, George Evans & Brandon Barker may prove them wrong? At the moment I think every City fan has a reason to be a ‘glass half full’ rather than a ‘half glass empty’ fan and that makes me happy! 🙂October 31, 2015 at 1:37 am #687949
Looks like Pablo Maffeo might have swapped Barcelona for Man City aged 16 – exactly the same as Fabregas, yet Pablo Maffeo is player City brought through according to bluemoon? Whist Arsenal ‘poached’ FabregasOctober 31, 2015 at 10:40 am #688054
Syd, it was espanol pal. Gotta read moee than the first line of your google search fella.November 21, 2015 at 12:37 am #713995
Interesting piece in the MEN today saying Iheanacho could be in our Champions League squad taking the place of Samir Nasri who is now confirmed as long term injured at least until February? I would think Iheanacho replacing Nasri is inevitable unless we bring in another top class striker in the January transfer window? What do you guys think?November 21, 2015 at 11:26 am #714243
Bluemoon….the danger to the young lad is fans are seeing him as “the answer” NOW, the expectation is very high at the moment and although I can understand that I feel a few poor games or against top class opposition where he would not get a look in he could loose confidence, this needs to be built up in sub appearances and say capital Cup games or when we are depleted through injury There are plenty of examples around, indeed, we have had quiet a few ourselves. Let him learn a little more this season from Silva, Augerro etc and his talent will blossom. We do not have a pressing need now for starting eleven
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