Video: Pozo goal suggests Manchester City have made a terrible mistake

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The 19-year-old moved to Almeria permanently this summer but scored a sensational goal on his debut for the club.

There was a time when Jose Angel Pozo had the world at his feet with Manchester City.

A goalscorer on his debut for the club in a 7-0 League Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday last term, he was being hyped up as the next big thing with some labelling him as the club’s “Mini Lionel Messi”

But despite starring for the Sky Blues at youth, the tag was one that Pozo desperately tried to shake off during his time at the Etihad.

"This is crazy,” he told Manchester Evening News last year,

“Messi is the best player in the world and I have only played one game for the first team."

Despite his best efforts the name stuck, though a new, bigger problem soon emerged – Pozo was not playing enough first team games.

Three goalless Premier League appearances followed that season before the 19-year-old, or maybe even the club, seemingly finally lost patience.

Sold to Spanish second-tier outfit Almeria, many thought Pozo would disappear into obscurity.

But the one-time Los Blancos prospect has come roaring back with a sublime goal on his debut.

The lack of homegrown talent at the Etihad is already well documented, with the story of fellow Spanish prospect Denis Suarez eerily similar to that of Pozo.

After failing to feature regularly for City, Suarez returned to Spain with Barcelona and has since enjoyed successful loan spells with Sevilla and Villarreal.

Given the quality of this goal from a man once compared with the world’s greatest player, Pozo could yet prove City wrong too.

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