Manchester City youngsters James McAtee, Cole Palmer, and Liam Delap were all named in the list of 50 most exciting teenagers in world football.
Pep Guardiola’s side are once again enjoying a fantastic season. The club sits on top of the Premier League table. They have picked up 63 points from 25 league games so far this season. The club also looks on course to make the next knockout round of the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side smashed Portuguese side Sporting 5-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.
James McAtee, Cole Palmer, and Liam Delap look well on their way to having a successful career with Manchester City. The three young prospects are following in the footsteps of Phil Foden. Phil Foden is also a City academy graduate and has made a massive impact in the first team. Reports suggest that Pep Guardiola is ready to give more game time to academy graduates for the remainder of the season and next term.
James McAtee was listed in the 37th spot by FourFourTwo. The youngster has been labeled as ‘The Salford Silva’. Linking the youngster to the Manchester City legend David Silva. James very recently signed a long-term contract with the club. He looks set for more first-team opportunities for the remainder of the season.
Talking about the youngster in the list of 50 most exciting teenagers in football, FourFourTwo says:
“McAtee not only displays the care in possession that Guardiola demands, he has vision and intelligence that makes him a future shoo-in for City’s side. With the Etihad youngsters getting more of a chance these days, it seems likely that McAtee will be given plenty of opportunities in the next year or two.”
Cole Palmer has featured in the Champions League and FA Cup this term. Scoring in both the competitions against Club Brugge and Swindon Town. Palmer is currently on the treatment bench due to an injury. But he looks set to stay put in the first team for the future.
“Already starting the odd game under Guardiola, Cole Palmer is cut from a similar cloth to Phil Foden. Direct, intelligent and with a wand of a left peg, Palmer is leggier and strides about with quiet authority rather than buzzing about like the Stockport Iniesta.
“That means that he’ll most likely end up in midfield rather than further up the pitch. Palmer has so far played on the right but his pass selection and dribbling ability makes him perfect for continuing the Bernardo Silva legacy in the centre.”
The English striker finished 18th in the list. The striker has been around the first team since last season. But he has seen his opportunities limited this term due to an injury setback. But the youngster is nearing full fitness and should feature in the games coming up.
“Yes, he’s Rory Delap’s son. Yes, he’s got more to his game than just a long throw.
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