Manchester City Elite Development Squad coach Simon Davies has told the Manchester Evening News that he would be happy to see some of his players join sister club New York City FC on loan this winter.
City youngster Shay Facey previously spent the entire 2015 MLS season on loan at NYCFC, making 23 league appearances, while fellow Blues defender Angelino also featured 14 times for the then-expansion side after joining them last summer for the second half of the campaign.
Facey, who is now on loan at Rotherham, has since been handed a new two-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, while Angelino has been training regularly with Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team since returning from the States in late-October.
The 19-year-old Spanish left-back even made the bench for Saturday’s 2-2 draw at West Ham United in the absence of the injured Aleksandar Kolarov and is expected to get some more senior opportunities over the rest of the season.
Former EDS boss Patrick Vieira has now replaced Jason Kreis as NYCFC head coach, and given his familiarity with the City youngsters, Davies believes other players could benefit from making the short-term move to MLS.
"I think Angelino did really well out of it so there’s no reason why not," he told M.E.N. Sport. "It’s just again like every challenge and every loan, which players and why and where, and what is the reason for a certain player to go on loan.
"There are different reasons for it, it might be technical, tactical etc, physical challenges like going to a lower league for a month or two.
"There’s no reason why it can’t happen in the future, it’s part of the City family and obviously having Patrick [Vieira] who knows the young players here is really beneficial.
"I’m sure if he was to call on them at the right time I can’t see why it wouldn’t be of massive benefit for the football club and the player."
Nevertheless, NYCFC sporting director and former City midfielder Claudio Reyna stressed last week that the team would not explore the opportunity to take any of their sister club’s youngsters on loan until closer to the start of the 2016 MLS season.
Speaking at Patrick Vieira’s first press conference since taking over at Yankee Stadium in November, Reyna said: "We're looking at it. Obviously, having Patrick Vieira as the head coach certainly will help. He was the manager of Man City's Elite Development Squad last year and he knows the strengths and weaknesses of every player.
"Patrick will know the players that we may be able to bring on loan better than anybody, so right now, there's no update of a player joining us. We will see how our squad is filled out in the preseason.
"I think we have the opportunity and luxury to perhaps add a player towards the end of our preseason. We're focusing on right now shaping the squad without using a Manchester City loan player.
“It's not to say we may not have one join us in a couple of week or towards the end of preseason."