Manchester City's MLS project continues to gather pace with the news that their Stateside franchise, New York City FC, are set to benefit from the services of one of the club's brightest young stars.
Shay Facey may not be a household name in the Premier League just yet but on the basis of the buzz surrounding the youngster, NYCFC could be about to gain a serious advantage on any potential league opponents with the six-month loan recruitment of this potential future England star.
So what should we know about Facey? Here are five important facts.
1. Born in Manchester and a regular for City throughout his teens, the 20-year-old defender is capable of playing at either centre-back or full-back though is preferred position remains at right-back where his excellent pace and eye for a pass can be fully utilised.
2. Facey actually featured in Manuel Pellegrini’s first game as Manchester City manager, coming on for the second half of the Sky Blues’ 2-0 friendly defeat to SuperSport United in Johannesburg back in July 2013.
Included as part of the first-team squad for the first time during that pre-season tour of South Africa, the appearance also marked the full-back’s debut for the City first-team.
3. The 20-year-old has already earned caps for England at four different levels of youth football, playing for the under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-20 sides to date.
Former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd was the first to pick him at under-20 level while Facey has so far amassed 20 caps at various levels for the Three Lions and was part of the England under-16 team that beat Scotland 2-1 in the 2011 Sky Sports Victory Shield.
4. Previously a mainstay in the defence of the Manchester City under-19 side, Facey formed a formidable partnership with Belgian international Jason Denayer, who is currently on loan at Celtic.
The pair combined to help City reach the last eight of the competition, qualifying from a group containing both Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow’s highly-rated under-19 teams.
With Facey ably assisting at centre-back, the Sky Blues kept clean sheets in three of their six group phase games and pipped the Bavarians to a place in the knockout phase.
They would go on to eliminate Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 before going down 1-0 to Benfica’s under-19 side.
5. Having worked under Patrick Vieira at Manchester City, Facey has been educated to pass the ball out of the defence and build Sky Blues attacks from the back.
And it’s this philosophy, which is shared by New York City FC manager Jason Kreis, that helped the defender see the value in a temporary Stateside switch.
Facey explained the motivation and why he was relishing the chance to line up in the MLS during an interview with MLSSoccer.com:
"The style is very similar to what I'm used to at City, too, because Jason [Kreis] likes to have lots of possession and pass out from the back a lot – which is really helpful for me," he explained to the news provider.
"What Jason asks us to do is not too alien to anybody, so everyone's catching onto it, and I think it's working well, playing that style of football."
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