With Manchester City-owned expansion side New York City FC set for their inaugural MLS season in 2015, the US outfit is set to serve as potential destination for several of the Premier League club’s up-and-coming prospects.
Chief executive Ferran Sorriano confirmed last week that NYCFC's roster for 2015 could boast at least a few City youngsters and, with head coach Jason Kreis having already travelled to Europe to scout those potential arrivals, here are some of the names who should be on the shortlist.
Currently on loan in the Swedish top-flight with Falkenberg FF, who are coached by Celtic legend Henrik Larsson, the 19-year-old Ghanaian forward was watched by Kreis a few months ago and has even spoken of his interest in coming to the US, after spending the 2013 season with fellow Allsevnskan outfit Djurgardens IF.
A solid defensive midfielder, Evans spent most of last season on loan at Crewe Alexandra, where he impressed in 22 League One games.
Capped at under-19 level for England, the 19-year-old has already made the first-team bench during the 2012-13 season for games against Ajax and Swansea City but, with first-team places hard to come by, would be an obvious candidate to improve the NYCFC roster.
The 17-year-old Nigerian striker only joined up with City this summer but has so far proved a revelation in pre-season, netting twice during the club’s tour of the USA to earn the praise of Manuel Pellegrini.
However, with fierce competition for first-team places up top, as well as work permit issues still to overcome, a loan move could well be on the cards, and Kreis should be pushing hard to secure his services for their MLS debut.
Jose Angel Pozo
Signed from Real Madrid in early 2012, the 18-year-old Spaniard has been banging in goals for the club’s Elite Development Squad and could now be ready for some first-team experience elsewhere, with the environment of MLS serving as a good first test for his Premier League credentials.
On loan with Eredivisie side SC Cambuur until January, the 20-year-old Slovakian under-21 international spent time at Oldham Athletic and Birmingham City last seaosn, where his cameo appearances on the right wing served as a promising sign of things to come.