Which five of Manchester City's brightest talents 21 or under could use a spell away from the club to gain vital first-team experience?
Manchester City is probably the hardest team in English football to make your breakthrough as a young player and that means many of their brightest talents are sent out on loan to gain valuable experience.
So which five could do just that in January?
The Spanish trickster is currently on the mend after an injury set-back and it would certainly do him some good to gain real first-team experience away from the club.
A return to Spain would make little sense unless they were considering offloading him but playing in either the Championship or League One could help him come to terms with let’s say, the more physical side of English football. Is he good enough to play at that level? In a word; yes.
Hiwula has been a small revelation in 2012 as the forward has developed something of a reputation as a top striker. He has been scoring for England at youth level and for City’s under-21 team; while he is only just 18 he could certainly make the most of a loan-spell in the Football League where he would be certain to grab goals.
During his previous spell out on loan at Pompey the Dutch youngster impressed as a 17-year-old playing Championship football.
With City out of the NextGen Series there is scope for some of their more promising youngsters to gain first team experience on loan and Rekik is possibly their best player under 20.
The former Swindon Town winger caused a storm when he moved to City in 2010 but has not quite lived up to what were admittedly very high expectations ever since. Paolo Di Canio’s men have a first refusal on him coming on loan to the club so that is a possibility that might be looked at for the 18-year-old in January.
Sometimes the most obvious are the best and there is little doubting that in Guidetti’s case. Last season he rocked the Eredivisie tearing defences apart at will with his pace, trickery and monstrous strength.
A serious and rare illness that affected his central nervous system almost ended his career this summer but he is now on the comeback trail.
He faces an uphill challenge to usurp Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli from the first team and with Roberto Mancini suggesting he wants to see him playing in the Premier League the likes of QPR, Sunderland, Liverpool and Norwich could reportedly make a move for the Swedish international.
Do you think any of these five would benefit from a loan-spell?
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