Pep Guardiola took his first Man City training session this week as he begins his new role as the boss of the Ethiad side, and City fans in the bar at the Football Transfer Tavern are struggling to contain their excitement, not only for the coming season but for the prowess that such a manager brings in the transfer market.
Over recent years, Manchester City have not been famous for blooding in their youngsters, often choosing to purchase already proven starlets from abroad. However, things look like they could be set to change with the arrival of the Spaniard this summer.
In 2014, Manchester City opened their £200 million training academy, and much emphasis has been put on the importance of generating their own youngsters. Something which seems even more essential now with the new rules regarding home-grown players.
Pep Guardiola is well known for his trust in young players, after all he was the one that supported Messi through his younger years at Barcelona.
Taking over at Barcelona in 2008, he started his overhaul by announcing that the likes of Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o would not be part of his long term plans. Instead bringing in a 21-year-old Pique from Man United, and promoting the likes of Busquets, Pedro and Jeffren to the first team.
It is highly likely Pep will be looking to do something similar at The Ethiad, with ageing players like Yaya Toure, Zabaleta and Kolarov likely to leave, we can expect to see youth promoted from the academy, but also some young prospects to be transferred from elsewhere.
And what better place to scout than on one of the biggest stages of them all, the international stage, at Euro 2016.
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