December 8, 2014 - a monumental day for Manchester City football club, symbolising a massive stepping stone for the blue half of the city.
For this was the moment that the Citizens, who previously had a quick fix mentality, signalled their intent on developing stars for the future.
Special youngsters - who will someday take the football world by storm and amaze the beautiful game's loyal supporters in a manner reminiscent of La Masia - were finally given a proper chance.
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We've seen players of ability and promise present amongst the first line of City academy stars; the likes of Jason Denayer, Marcos Lopes and Kelechi Iheanacho being the first to graduate.
Among this talented group of individuals is another - one who is slightly less noticed and more drowned out by the cries of other future stars.
Star in the making
This young man is Olivier Ntcham. Overshadowed by the promise of other key members of City's EDS (Elite Development Squad), the 19-year-old has been an absolute revelation under Patrick Vieira in recent years.
Signed in 2012, the Frenchman became an integral part of the side in quick fashion and soon impressed; the central midfielder was also involved in every single UEFA Youth League match last season.
Meanwhile, scoring three goals in three group stage matches for City during their International Premier League Cup campaign has also helped his chances of being noticed by Manuel Pellegrini.
A measure of his ability can be found in the fact that the starlet was sharply handed a new five-year contract at the end of last season. If this wasn't enough, Ntcham was also shipped off on loan to Genoa for two years in order to gain valuable top league experience.
A notable comparison
A signal of confidence from the Citizens, but is it any wonder? Ntcham's playing style is identical to that of his noteworthy countryman, Paul Pogba.
The evidence is there. When you compare both Pogba and Ntcham, they emulate the same traits; a delicate and composed touch, an eye for goal or a killer pass a powerful yet forceful striking capability, strength on the ball. Most importantly, though, is the sheer confidence in their ability.
Lessons learned from playing in one of the toughest, competitive and most tactical leagues in the world will only better his knowledge of the beautiful game. Just as it did to his footballing doppelganger, Pogba.
Having already won plaudits this season for his solid performances in a Genoa jersey, one can't help but theorise and imagine the potential.
Whilst it's far too early to be seriously labelling this shining Manchester City youngster the next Pogba, judging by the huge similarities in playing style Serie A could, potentially, morph him into a clone of his world-class French counterpart.
Only time will tell for sure. For City fans, the wait is long and filled with anticipation.
What do you think Citizens fans? Can Ntcham make the step up into Pellegrini's plans? Comment below with thoughts and opinions.
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