Are English players hurting their chances of first-team football by moving to Manchester City?

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Patrick Roberts, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling. Three young English players who are putting their playing careers in jeopardy.

Manchester City have spent around £70m so far this transfer window on three young players. All three players have something in common. They are young and they are English.

City must buy home-grown, to fill their quota for Premier League and Champions League playing squads. Having sold James Milner, Dedrick Boyata and losing Frank Lampard, they needed to replace them.


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The players that City have bought are very talented but with a lot to prove. However, with a manager who prefers foreign talent to home-grown talent, the likes of Delph and possibly Sterling could find themselves struggling for game time.

Given that both Delph and Sterling were first-team regulars at Aston Villa and Liverpool, the question has to be asked why did they choose to move at such an early stage in their careers.

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At 24 and 20 years-old respectively Delph and Sterling should both have long careers in front of them. Both said they moved because they want to be successful. Manchester City won nothing last season. Liverpool were in two cup semi-finals and Aston Villa were in one.

There is no guarantee, this season, that Manchester City will be successful, and if they finish without a trophy then Pellegrini could well be on his way out. Where would that leave the new players then? A new manager might not fancy them and they could also be on their way out.

As for Roberts, he is only 18 and is probably hoping the move from Fulham will make him a better player. City will almost certainly loan him out to another club somewhere, which is no guarantee that he will come back a better player and slot straight into City's first team squad.

Regardless of what the players may say in the media, money is without a doubt the reason for them joining a new club so early in their careers. No one can blame them for wanting to earn as much money as they can, but at least be honest about it.

One thing the players should take notice of is what happened to Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell. Both players made the same move and where are they now? Things change very quickly in football when you move clubs and it is not always for the best.

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