Manchester City have a habit of splashing the cash to bring home their transfer targets, but in the meantime they forget about their academy players who are set for a bright future.
Daniel Sturridge was one of them, Ched Evans was another, and the list goes on.
There are many Manchester City academy products who had to move out in search of regular playing time. It wasn't because they lacked the ability or potential, it was because the club became rich overnight and bought everything they needed.
Most of the players in the big clubs go through a similar system. The youngsters will be sent to the lower division clubs, and gradually they will move upwards to top division clubs, and a chance to announce that they are ready for a role in their home team.
If things doesn't work out as planned, these youngsters will be shipped elsewhere.
Teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona, who need only top quality players in their squad, opt for another option as well. Sometimes they includes a buy-back clause, which will help them to get the player back, if by any chance he becomes a late bloomer. Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Daniel Carvajal are examples of this method.
All these things are done to promote youth football and to improve the quality of young players taking up the game which will eventually help to improve the standards. The process of academies, youth and reserve leagues, next generation series, loan and co-ownership system are meant to help and aid the players' smooth transition to the highest stage.
Most of the players will fail at some stage or the other, only a small percentage clear all the hurdles like Raul or a Ryan Giggs. Once the club realises that they aren't up to standards, the club will either release the player or sell him to a club in the player's capacity.
But the system is completely different at Manchester City, especially after their rich owners arrived. Even though City have a decent academy set up, it is very difficult to find breakthrough players in the City line-up.
Academy players are finding it hard to nail down a regular spot or even a squad role, and most of the times their playing gets stalled. A few years back, City youth team had strikers in the calibre of Evans and Sturridge, both were lauded as potential superstars and they performed above expectations, whenever given chance considering their age.
It was during that period, the City officials decided to buy the title; they bought almost all their targets by meeting non existent demands and assembled a very good team. Whenever there was an opening, they could have trusted their youngsters, instead they went for their new route and purchased the ready made replacements.
As a result the careers of youngsters like Evans and Sturridge stalled. At a time when regular football was needed to develop their talent and potential, these youngsters were rotting on the bench. It came to a stage that they realised that they need to move out in order to establish themselves.
Had their career not been stalled at City, the likes of Sturridge and Evans could have reached further heights.
In the current Manchester City team there is another striker who is facing a similar fate as his predecessors. Swedish youngster John Guidetti was regarded as the next big thing in Sweden and the Netherlands. He impressed everyone with his ability and skills during a loan spell at Eredivisie side Feyenoord
He almost went on to score a goal in every game there. Eventually he finished the 2011/12 season with 20 goals from 23 games.
Guidetti had announced his arrival on the international stage in style and returned to Manchester City with high hopes. He was waiting for a breakthrough at Manchester City last season, but he didn't even get a single chance in the Premier League.
He was far behind the pecking order in City's oil-rich strike-force which included the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli.
Even though Tevez and Balotelli bid adieu, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic arrived via big-money moves in the summer. Once again the City think tank forgot about the talented youngsters waiting for a chance.
With the rich additions ahead of Guidetti, he is expected to face a repeat of last season at City.
The player is highly talented and deserves a go in the Premier League. Swansea City are interested in loaning the player as well. Should he opt for a loan move and wait for another City chance?
At this point of his career, should Guidetti opt for a similar path to Sturridge/Evans? Isn't it better to bid adieu to the Etihad Stadium on a permanent basis.
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