These three Manchester City youngsters could break into the first-team next season.
Manchester City’s squad is ageing, and after revamping their academy they could be led to give more youngsters first-team chances next season.
Only the best will get into a squad that is fighting for the Premier League title, so we take a look at the three most likely to make the grade.
A central defender, Rekik arrived at the Etihad in 2011 from Feyenoord’s academy, and has three first-team appearances to his name. The 20-year-old is currently on loan with PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie - his second consecutive season there - and has cemented himself at the heart of a defence that has conceded just 25 goals in 28 games.
He has played 32 games this term, and has valuable European experience with eight games in the Europa League. He possesses all the talents to succeed at the top level, and City should be looking to bring him into the first-team as well as offering him a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of this season.
Also a centre-back who is out on loan, Belgian youngster Denayer is a frequent fixture for Celtic, making 33 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys, and netting an impressive six goals. Has yet to play a competitive fixture for City, but won consistent game-time at Under-21 level and in the UEFA Youth League for the club last season. Will return to the Etihad with a potential treble under his belt, showing he has all the experience to deal with City’s demands for silverware.
Jose Angel Pozo
The 19-year-old Spaniard has made some impact at first-team level this season, with four games and one goal to his name, but the youth international striker will be keen to make a proper step up into consistent competitive action. Primarily a second striker, but also able to play on the wings, Pozo’s transition to first-team regular could prove hard with the current ability in the squad, but City should be looking to build to the future - a future that Pozo can bring.