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Manchester City's brightest and best to look out for

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Since Manchester City's takeover in 2008, there has been a stereotypical notion overshadowing the club regarding their lavish spending habits.

Always chasing the biggest stars, fans have it in their minds that City do little for England as a footballing nation.

However, new evidence suggests since their brand new Etihad campus opened its doors, that the Blues have been building for the future and we should expect to see the rewards in the near future.

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On top of that, information about the Citizens' £11 million annual profit and have no financial debt, ultimately proves that the Etihad is now home to a self-sustainable revolution.

Along with this storming progress comes homegrown players. Not just any either - but potentially the best in the land. However, are their potential England starlets beginning to blossom?

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Well, the answer is a resounding yes. Here are their top four prospects:

1. Brandon Barker

The left side of midfield has been England's Achilles heel as of late - but local Manchester lad, Brandon Barker, is looking set to change that.

His direct wing play, quick feet, pace and a rocket left foot is evidence that Barker is one of the most promising wingers in England.

The 19-year-old's regularly impressive performances for Manchester City's EDS (Elite Development Squad) and his skill showcase on the Blues' pre-season tour against Roma show just what he's capable of.

2. Cameron Humphreys

At the young age of 16-years-old, Cameron Humphreys turned many heads on City's pre-season tour when he made his debut against none other than Real Madrid.

Even at such a young age, Humphreys has a strong, bewildering posture and looks well above his age in terms of maturity, physically and mentally.

The centre-back even drew comparisons with the likes of John Terry after his eye-catching performances in the summer.

3. Patrick Roberts

Dubbed 'The English Messi' - and it's not surprising given his playing style.

Patrick Roberts earned a glowing reputation from his days at Craven Cottage, attracting the attention of some very big clubs.

His extremely quick feet and close control makes the ball look glued to his feet the majority of the time, the mini-winger is certainly one to watch out for in the coming years.

He has earned a few calls to the bench already this season from Manuel Pellegrini so the future looks very bright for this 18-year-old wonder.

4. George Evans

George Evans, 20, made his first-team debut for the Blues in the Capital One Cup earlier this season and became only the second player to represent City at all age levels - life is sweet for the local lad from Cheadle.

Confessing his love for City from an early age, the box-to-box powerhouse of a centre-midfielder looks very promising indeed.

If you watched City's pre-season tour at all, you would have noticed Evans can also sweetly strike a ball.

85 minutes into a match at Toronto FC, Evans received a square pass and whilst most players would have opted to continue the move and spread it wide to Navas, he went for a curling, thunderous strike right into the top corner.

A sensational hit, and hopefully one he can replicate in an England shirt down the line.

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