Manchester City are becoming victims of their own success, according to Gary Neville.
Make no mistake about the fact that Manchester City are going to be challenging for the very top trophies in England and Europe over the foreseeable future, which has created a form of pressure which is subtly damaging the club.
It’s damaging the club because City have the resources to call on, which guarantees them the best players, paying those players the best contracts which helps them maintain the recent success they have experienced.
However, the danger of all of that is it damages the youth system and youth infrastructure of the club to the point where younger players are finding chances more difficult and the club is producing fewer stars.
Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has claimed it as one of the main differences between his former club and the side now challenging them at the top of the English game.
If City are not going to give younger players a chance then it dramatically affects the calibre of younger players, which they will be able to attract to the club.
Plenty of sides invest cash in younger players, as investments for the next few years but no ambitious or right minded youngster is going to agree to join Manchester City when they are not going to get a chance to play.
Scott Sinclair is one of the most contemporary examples. He was a key feature of the Swansea City side he played in, he took a gamble and now he’s struggling to even get off the bench in the majority of matches for the club.
It simply increases the pressure on the manager to try and change that way of thinking and the club to go out and buy the best possible players, who are all courted by other top European teams, to ensure that City can maintain their strong position in the English game.
Part of it does come down to the manager who, especially now, could not be blamed for using more younger players in the City side over the rest of the season.
However, Roberto Mancini has been dealing with egos ever since he walked into the job at Manchester City. No big name player likes being left out, even if it’s for a pointless game.
That’s just something else which restricts the number of chances that younger players get at the club and it’s something which can backfire on the boss, as he’s bound to select certain players for the sake of doing so.
There isn’t an awful lot wrong with Manchester City as a football club. A Premier League title, Champions League football and domestic success have all been achieved in recent seasons.
We’re talking about tweaks here and subtle changes in philosophy which will make the infrastructure and various youth teams at the club more sustainable.
Sensible words from Neville or a cheap stab at United’s rivals?
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