Jeremy Helan has been turning heads at Sheffield Wednesday but he stands no chance of getting into the Man City first team.
The one big problem which Manchester City have created for themselves with their vast wealth, is the fact it’s virtually impossible for most youngsters at the club to break into the first team.
Jeremy Helan has been on loan with Sheffield Wednesday this season and he’s produced some superb performances over recent weeks which have started to show off the potential he always seems to have had.
His stats have been solid for a left back who sometimes plays in a more advanced role as a winger; 24 starts, one goal and two assists which is an improvement on the impressive performances he’s put in for the Manchester City Under-21 team this year.
He’s in an almost impossible situation because he’ll go back to City when his deal expires in May and there are several reasons he has no chance of getting into the first team at the Etihad.
That means he’s going to fall through the cracks and City will miss out on yet another very talented player they have produced, who could well develop into a first team regular if he’s just given the chance to do so.
He’s solid defensively, looks capable of holding his own in a physical match up and his pace and fitness mean he can run up and down the left of the pitch for an entire 90 minutes.
He’s down the pecking order in terms of starting as a left back under Roberto Mancini who is always going to pick Gael Clichy and Aleksandr Kolarov ahead of him and he’s certainly not going to play as a winger, while Scott Sinclair is sitting on the bench unused.
There doesn’t really seem to be any point in sending him out on loan because it just delays the problem for another season, he won’t sign a new contract which means City will miss out on getting a fee for him.
He’s unlikely to sign a new deal this summer unless he’s given assurances that he will get chances to play for the first team, which seems very unlikely considering the current pressure and expectation of any player in Mancini’s team.
Sheffield Wednesday supporters are already urging their club to snap him up after May on a permanent deal which will see him stay in Sheffield but he may desire a higher profile move, which could spark a bidding war for his services.
While City have the resources to go out and poach the best players, offering the best contracts, this is going to keep happening which not only threatens the future of young players City already own, it will reduce their chances of signing the best youngsters from all over Europe.
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