Manu Garcia has already featured for Manchester City’s first team this season and he’s doing his chances of appearing more regularly no harm.
The forward scored a glorious volley from long range in City’s 3-1 win against Reading on Friday.
In November, Garcia played and scored in the Sky Blues’ 5-1 Capital One Cup round-of-16 win against Crystal Palace.
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His effort against Reading will have Manuel Pellegrini taking further notice of the Spaniard’s talents.
Garcia, 18, travelled with the first-team squad on their pre-season tour of North America last summer.
It seems City have high hopes for the youngster.
Unfortunately for Garcia, City have an array of talented attacking midfielders currently blocking his path to first-team action.
He can do little but impress for the Elite Development Squad, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
Pep Guardiola is heavily linked to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season and it will be interesting to see how he nurtures the youngster should the former Barcelona boss be appointed.
No doubt City hope Guardiola can turn Garcia into the next Andres Iniesta.
After a cross is cleared, Garcia controls the ball with his chest, lets it bounce and unleashes a rocket from 25 yards that flies into the top corner.
Garcia’s strike provided a spark in an otherwise disappointing end to the week for City.
The first team were held to a 2-2 draw against West Ham and fell three points behind Leicester City at the top of the Premier League.
Pellegrini’s side take on the Foxes next weekend in a highly anticipated clash.
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