It may be in the shadow of all the superstars that have come to play for the club in recent seasons, but there has also been plenty going on at the Etihad Campus.
A youth initiative that will secure the future for many years to come, it is only months until the new development is here in the form of perhaps the world's most impressive youth academy and fitness centre.
So far Patrick Vieira has been very important for the Manchester City EDS squad, or the U21 squad that they also can be addressed; during the past season he was put in charge of nurturing the young talent by City's owners.
One player who has grown under Viera's leadership is Emyr Huws. He has grown enormously as a player and did really well at Birmingham during his loan period. Now several Premier League clubs wants him on loan this summer, but he will probably get the chance to prove himself to Manuel Pellegrini during the pre-season before any decision is made.
When Txiki Begiristain took over as sporting director and Ferran Soriano took over as the CEO of the club, it was the duo's initial decision to revolutionise youth development at Manchester City. They would scrap the old game systems and the entire youth development, from the boys team to the youth team and on to the first team squad and insisted that they all play 4-3-3 because it promotes the development of technical and fast players.
A team can not consist of eleven David Silva's. Teams need roughneck leaders, and especially clinical goalscorers, and that position at City is filled by the young Englishman Jordi Hiwula. For the EDS, he has been very reliable during a season in which he scored a couple of really beautiful goals. In the U21 Premier League he scored a total of 12 goals, and the 19-year-old has also represented England at U18 and U19 level.
The U18's this season have played very good offensive football while they have remained stable defensively. Some of the boys (Ambrose, Byrne, Angelino and others) have already been up with Vieira's squad and they have done very well. In the Under-18's, there is a huge number of exciting players and now a few of them have been moved up to U21 and will most likely progress under Vieira's leadership.
The future's certainly looking bright for Manchester City.
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