Kelechi Iheanacho highlights potential Manchester City dominance

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Just when you thought things couldn't get any better for Manchester City, their 19-year-old product from their youth system bags a hat-trick. Another demonstration of City's potential power in years to come.

On top of Pep Guardiola being announced two days after the 4-0 defeat of Aston Villa, the Sky Blues are close to becoming Europe's biggest powerhouses. 


While Kelechi Iheanacho's treble against the struggling Villans doesn't seem to suggest too much on paper, the significance is startling. 


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In December 2014, City's £200 million training complex was revealed. Characteristics included: 16 football pitches, three gyms, a 56-seat TV auditorium and a four-star hotel. 

This led to City full back Pablo Zabaleta being quoted saying: "I’ve never seen anything like this.

"We came here with the Argentina national team when we played against Portugal last month and the players were very impressed with it – even Lionel Messi."

Two months prior to the complex being revealed an 18-year-old Nigerian was signed. Iheanacho. 

Top performances in the U-17 World Cup for his country, Iheanacho was reportedly being chased by Porto, Sporting and current title rivals Arsenal.

Just over a year ago, he was awarded the Most Promising Talent of the Year for 2013 by the Confederation of African Football.

Previous winners include former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.

His hat-trick against Aston Villa took his tally to eight for the season in all competitions. An impressive start for a player trying to take the goal burden off of Sergio Aguero.


The facilities City have to offer, blow their title rivals out of the water. Robin van Persie and Phil Neville picked Manuel Pellegrini's academy as opposed to arch rivals Manchester United's facilities when deciding a perfect place for their sons to develop.

While Iheanacho's development has been remarkable so far, the intriguing future of the club is there to be seen.

City's U-14 side have won back-to-back Premier League titles in recent seasons, and their U-18's side are currently two points clear at the top of their division to name a few achievements.

It's important when Guardiola comes in that he uses the talent that should be available to him. The Premier League development leagues have come under much criticism for not testing youngsters physically.

City don't want to go down the same route as Chelsea, which has seen only Ruben Loftus-Cheek come through, despite the budding talent in their ranks.


There has been talk that the incoming City boss will have at least £150 million to work with when he joins in the summer.  

While the Sky Blues' squad certainly needs work, the Spanish boss shouldn't be quick to discard the young talent he has available to him. 

Guardiola will know that Lionel Messi only scored ten goals before he became Barcelona boss, and the Argentine's goal tally increased year on year when the Spaniard came in. 

Of course comparing Messi to Iheanacho or to any potential City youngster is crazy, but Guardiola got the best out of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. 

He has got the opportunity to develop some of the most promising young talents in the country, with his pedigree and guidance, everyone will want to join the City academy. 

The walls of the training complex has a quote from City owner Sheikh Mansour reading: "We are building a team for the future not just a team of all-stars."

While Guardiola will want to transform the Sky Blues to mould his philosophy with some cash, Mansour will want to see youngsters getting an opportunity. 

If Iheanacho is anything to go by, that might not be such a bad thing. 

Having close to unlimited riches, one of the best managers in the world and incredible facilities and talent at your doorstep, there can't be any excuse for City not to become Europe's best. And it looks like they might just do it. 

Could Iheanacho develop into one of the world's best strikers at City? Have YOUR say in the comment box below!

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