Which Manchester City academy players should leave on loan?

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After making their first-team debut against Chelsea, which Manchester City academy prospects should stay and who should leave on loan?


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini came under scrutiny on Sunday afternoon when he handed five academy prospects their first-team debut against Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round.


A sixth player - Brandon Barker - also featured from the substitutes' bench, but the move backfired on Pellegrini as his inexperienced team succumbed to a 5-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.


Their exit from the competition is likely to limit the amount of playing time they receive in the senior setup for the remainder of the season, so which players may benefit from a loan spell away from the club until the summer, and who should remain at the Etihad Stadium to potentially make a few appearances from the bench?


1) Aleix Garcia


After already playing for Villarreal before making the switch to City, Aleix Garcia was not a stranger to senior football when he took to the pitch on Sunday afternoon and playing against John Obi Mikel and Cesc Fabregas should only aid his development.


However, alongside Fernando, he struggled to keep up to speed with their opposition in the middle of the park, but he suggested that given time, he could hold his own in the senior team.


For now, he will probably benefit from more time with the academy with the possibility of a couple of appearances on the bench for the seniors.


Verdict: Stay


2) Manu Garcia


Manu Garcia was given the task of trying to limit Baba Rahman's raids down the left flank by using his own ability to attack the Chelsea left-back.


He executed this to some extent, with his quick one-two with Fernando starting the move that led to Faupala's goal, but he struggled to keep up with Rahman for large portions of the contest.


His two substitute appearances in the League Cup show that he is highly regarded in the North West and it is worth him remaining in and around the first team until the summer.


Verdict: Stay


3) David Faupala


After his mazy run towards the Chelsea backline in the opening minutes of the game, Faupala immediately set the bar high, but he continued to show that he has the potential to succeed at that level with a fearless performance.


Aside from his goal, which was somewhat fortuitous, he made sure that Gary Cahill respected his presence and fleet of foot on the ball.


While his impact decreased as the match wore on, he showed enough to suggest that it is worth keeping him around for the rest of the season.


Verdict: Stay


4) Bersant Eduar Celina


Bersant Eduar Celina is another who has made cameo appearances off the bench this season, but he failed to build on that on his first start.


He is undoubtedly a talented individual who has some tricks up his sleeve, but he needs to develop his all-round game to break into the squad on a regular basis.


Injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and Samir Nasri may keep him at the Etihad Stadium, but he would probably gain more from spending time in the Championship.


Verdict: Loan to Championship after return of De Bruyne


5) Tosin Adarabioyo


Having the responsibility of facing Diego Costa on your first-team debut must have felt slightly intimidating for Tosin Adarabioyo, but on the whole, he can be proud of his efforts.


Through no fault of Abaradioyo, the Spanish international was left free to opening the scoring for Chelsea but it said a lot about his performance that Martin Demichelis received the brunt of the criticism for several of Chelsea's goals.


Adarabioyo showed potential for the future, but be may be best suited to a loan spell in the Championship or League One to gain experience in facing the varying types of strikers that occupy the number-nine position in modern day football.


Verdict: Loan spell in the Championship or League One


6) Brandon Barker


Brandon Barker was introduced as a substitute after Chelsea had moved into a comfortable lead, and that resulted in the 19-year-old struggling to get into the game.


After Barker failed to gain much action in a loan spell with Rotherham United, City have a decision to make because after an impressive pre-season, he has barely been given any experience of senior football.


He is another who should perhaps drop down to the Football league for the foreseeable future, perhaps to a club trying to secure promotion from League One rather than a side fighting for survival in the Championship.


Verdict: Loan to top-10 team in League One

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