Pep Guardiola has a mixed reputation for developing young talent during his time at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Guardiola has provided platforms for the likes of Pedro, Sergio Busquets, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Phil Foden and Eric Garcia, just to name a few, to display their talents and the potential they have, some fulfilled, some just getting started.
At City, the Catalan boss has a plethora of young talents to choose from, however, in England, the lack of a competitive youth league that attracts large numbers of fans means that youngsters are not often equipped to deal with the demands of first-team football right away.
Guardiola has provided debuts to lots of talents during his two-and-a-half-years in Manchester, but if this City DUO does not step it up, they could be let go in January…
Phillipe Sandler arrived at City with an injury in the summer and has worked hard to come back from it, excelling in U23 games and even making the bench in the Carabao Cup Quater-Final.
The 21-year-old has all the qualities of a centre-back required at City, however, with the current crop of four first-team names ahead of him, plus the highly-rated Garcia coming through, Sandler may struggle to get opportunities at City.
If he is unable to properly force his way into Guardiola’s thinking, a move to a side that plays a similar style to City’s would work, as he has the potential to be a remarkable, ball-playing defender if he gets the game time to develop.
After making his debut in the Carabao Cup last season and impressing, Dele-Bashiru would have been expected to build on that this season.
Unfortunately for him, with the likes of Phil Foden, Taylor Richards, Felix Nmecha and Adrian Bernabe all playing in a creative midfield role and coming through the academy, he has had to bide his time and continue with a regular role in the U23s.
Now aged 19, given he has the potential to be a very impressive dynamic, forward-thinking midfielder, if he is unable to better the level of the aforementioned names and get into Guardiola’s thinking again, a move to a side that can provide him with the game time to excel would be helpful in developing him as a player.
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