He has fought his way back from a potentially career ending illness and subsequent injury but now he has returned for the clubs under-21 team; and started where he left off with Feyenoord last season.
As Mario Balotelli grabbed a double on his debut for AC Milan the questions continued to be asked whether Manchester City have enough cover in the striking department. With Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero all at their disposal the mere suggestion is amusing in itself but the club do have much more depth in their Elite Development Squad.
Now the obvious name that comes up here is John Guidetti; last year’s loan sensation at Feyenoord and sufferer of a bizarre central nervous illness that has kept him out of action for nine months.
The Swedish international recently returned to action in a City shirt for the first time in 18 months and it took him just 10 minutes to get back to doing what he does best; scoring goals. He scored the first in a 3-1 win against Reading on the 14th January. In his second appearance on the road to recovery City welcomed Bolton Wanderers and drew 3-3; with Guidetti scoring once again.
Perhaps even more importantly he got through the entire 90 minutes in the fixture and came out the other side unscathed. He Tweeted his joy at playing again after the game on Friday:
90 min today felt really Good allways Nice 2 score ! Thanks to all the #MCFC fans that showed up !— John Guidetti (@superguidetti) February 1, 2013
The striker has already received assurances that he will get a chance to shine once he is back to full practice; he and Jack Rodwell have been ‘recovery buddies’ in recent months and seeing Rodwell starting to feature on the bench will have Guidetti itching for his opportunity.
But is Guidetti the only sensation to keep an eye on? The answer is no as Jose Angel Pozo is also looking every bit a star in the making.
Signed from Real Madrid he was the captain and top-scorer in the under-15 team in the Spanish capital before City lured him away in 2011. Now 16-years-old he is already making an impact in the under-21 league. He scored once against Reading and bagged a brace in the 3-3 draw with Bolton; while he was also on the score-sheet against Burnley in the FA Youth Cup.
So in Pozo and Guidetti the future looks bright for Manchester City and they can quickly learn to forget about Mario Balotelli.
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