Four Manchester City youngsters who could replace first-team flops

Manchester City are hoping to have a more fruitful youth academy in the near future. Here are four youngsters who could break into the fold next season.

Brandon Barker

Barker is a highly-rated and hugely talented winger, who prefers playing from the left but can also adapt to the right flank. He has all the tools to become a hit at the Etihad with his direct running and constant trickery.

The 18-year-old started a friendly for the first team in Dubai earlier in the campaign and has arguably been the Elite Development Squad’s (EDS) best player this season. Barker has superb dribbling abilities and a powerful shot on both feet.


The Spanish left-back is extremely consistent at youth level and broke into the EDS squad despite being just only 17-years-old. He has developed an excellent understanding with Barker and often plays as an inverted full-back for Patrick Vieira.

Jose Angel Tasende, better known as Angelino, can play on the left wing but is much more effective as an overlapping full-back. He has a brilliant cross, takes the set pieces and could easily break into the first team as early as next season if City give him the required faith.

Thierry Ambrose

Ambrose is another player who has impressed many at youth level this season. He is a forward who can play down the middle or on either flank in a 4-3-3.

He is blessed with electric pace and although he does need to become more clinical, he has the physique required to become a force at senior level.

Kean Bryan

Bryan is predominantly a holding midfielder but can fill in at centre half if required. He is extremely comfortable on the ball and can control the pace of a game from a deep position.

His discipline for one so young is excellent and he is very positionally aware. Whilst he does have potential, it would be a risk to trust Bryan next season but City may use him as one of their home-grown players if the right options don’t become available in the transfer market.

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