Marcos Lopes, one of the hottest prospects to come out of Manchester City in recent seasons. His low centre of gravity, along with his strength on the ball, speed and vision is definitely not to just simply ship off.
After he put pen to paper on a permanent switch to Monaco, you can't help but feel it's a real waste of homegrown talent.
Ever since 2013, Lopes has captained and shined brightly for their Elite Development Squad.
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Whilst even making a first team debut where his potential shone and he managed to wreak havoc running at the West Ham defence in a League Cup semi-final 2nd leg.
The only plus side of this transfer, is that it's a potential sign that on going City target, Kevin De Bruyne, is making switching to the Etihad. That Manuel Pellegrini is simply making room in his roster for him.
Were Man City wrong to sell?
A good sign indeed for the Citizens, even still, Lopes had barrels of potential. One can't help thinking that simply a loan move to the South of France would've been a lot more fitting.
Or even still, a buy-back clause. Whilst the blues have plenty of resources, the next step of producing home grown talent is starting to shine through, and the owners' investment of a £200 million state of the art academy was beginning to pay off.
'Rony' Lopes was the first of this line of stars, and it truly is a shame to see him part ways with the Citizens.
City fans will wish him well, along with a prosperous career, but should feel a little let down that they are seeing the back of this bright potential youth.
The only consolation, should be the signing of starlet, Kevin De Bruyne, to take the young Portuguese' place. As the rumours of the Belgian switching to sky blue grow ever louder, it would be a more than capable replacement.
Only trouble is, will the sky blues of Manchester keep selling their brightest prospects off like this? That's a question only time can answer.
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