While New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis is keen for Manchester City loanee Angelino to return to MLS for 2016, the Spanish left-back himself has told EmpireofSoccer.com that he is not sure what plans his parent club have for him.
Angelino, 18, first joined City’s US-based sister club in July for the remainder of their inaugural campaign and has since made 10 starts in 14 MLS appearances, while recording four assists in the process.
Though the team have virtually been eliminated from play-off contention ahead of their final two regular-season games, the teenage defender has been able to offer them a much needed spark on the left-hand side of the pitch with his impressive pace, crossing and dribbling skills.
With fellow City loanee Shay Facey also putting in some impressive displays in the heart of the defence, coach Kreis has made it known of late that he would like both to return to New York for next term, telling EmpireofSoccer.com last month: “I would like them to stay. There’s no doubt that from our point of view, from New York City’s point of view, we would like them to stay, no doubt.
“I think they’re both fantastic people and they’re obviously both very, very talented players with a very high level of potential. At the end of the day, when I took this job, one of my goals is to be a part of the development of some special players.”
However, when asked about another potential stint in MLS, Angelino stressed that, while he has been impressed by the league’s surprisingly high standard of play, he is simply focusing on finishing the current campaign on a positive note.
“I’m just focused on the present but we will see,” he said. “I didn’t expect it, but when I came here and started playing some games and I said to myself that the level is high.”
Widely regarded as one of City’s most promising youngsters, Angelino originally joined the Premier League club from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2013, despite offers from both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and went on to make his Under-21 debut before turning 17.
A regular for Patrick Vieira’s Elite Development Squad last term, a first-team breakthrough might not be far off given his MLS performances but, considering his tender age, another half-season spell in the States would do him no harm whatsoever at this point.
At the same time, the Blues could opt to ship him out to a more competitive league for the second half of the 2015-16 season in order to get him better prepared for English top-flight football but, as long as he is seeing regular action at Yankee Stadium, then NYCFC seems like just as good a place for his development.