Since Manchester City’s high-profile takeover in 2008, the club has become renowned for over-spending.
The club’s willingness to pay high fees was met with a lot of scrutiny around the footballing world, even though this style of business did lead to success - City won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title in 2012.
It isn’t the most ideal way to build a squad. After all, what fan prefers buying a title over winning it with talent from the academy? Roberto Mancini never really looked to promote players from within, but Manuel Pellegrini seems to be more interested.
City already have some very talented players in the youth set-up. Players like Denis Suarez, Karim Rekik, Jose Pozo, Olivier Ntcham, and John Guidetti really do have the talent to become big stars. So can Pellegrini integrate them into the first-team?
Guidetti is definitely in the picture for the coming season. He showed his talent during his loan spell at Feyenoord in 2011/12, scoring 20 goals in 23 appearances. If not for a terrible virus for most of last season, he would have definitely contributed.
Now, with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli out of the picture, Guidetti has a chance to impress. According to the Manchester Evening News, Pellegrini even came out and said that he was a big fan and rates the Swedish starlet very highly. So it looks like Pellegrini is going to dip into the academy for at least one player.
Suarez, a 19-year-old Spanish midfielder, and Rekik, an 18-year-old Dutch centre-back are in a similar position. Both are young, have immense talent but need a bit of polishing. With a midfield full of stars, I think Pellegrini will look to loan Suarez, and according to NoticiasCelta.com, a loan move to Celta Vigo might be on the cards.
Rekik however may have a chance to play a game here or there. With Kolo Toure having moved on to Liverpool and Joleon Lescott possibly on his way out, Rekik could be an option as a back-up.
Pozo and Ntcham are still young, so they are out of the picture for now (even though I do think they are the future stars).
Even with a squad full of world-class talent, I expect Pellegrini to somehow work a few academy players in. After all, he is the man responsible for the development of Isco and Ignacio Camacho, but to name a few.
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