Manchester City sailed through to the Carabao Cup semi-finals last night after they eventually got past Oxford United 3-1 at the Kassam Stadium, but one unlikely man particularly caught the eye of supporters after a seemingly composed outing.
Joao Cancelo’s deflected strike and Raheem Sterling’s brace sealed a semi-final draw for the Sky Blues despite opposition striker Matty Taylor briefly equalising for the hosts, with bitter rivals Manchester United awaiting them in the next round for a tense two-legged tie.
However, despite the usual heroes grabbing deserved headlines, young defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis has also captured the admiration of supporters with his composed showing.
The 17-year-old amassed a brilliant 97% pass success rate according to WhoScored.com, and despite being slightly at fault for the equalising goal, supporters have flocked to praise him for his efforts.
Harwood-Bellis partnered fellow academy defender Eric Garcia for Pep Guardiola’s side on Wednesday evening, but supporters had nothing but praise for the Englishman.
Here’s what they had to say.
Better than stones and otamendi
— marek gucciano 1️⃣7️⃣ ⛵ (@LeRoiSan3) December 18, 2019
— Herschel Watts (@HerschelWatts4) December 18, 2019
— Danielle (@Xxdanielle2011) December 18, 2019
And only 17 fair play
— Ian Hughes (@mace0703) December 19, 2019
Pep after playing Otamendi or Stones over him pic.twitter.com/h2FMsJNNiQ
— Bes (@Beseleelb) December 18, 2019
Good to See RAZ give his award to T Harwood-Bellis , he was as right , never missed a tackle won every header .
From a “pundit “ Andy Hinchcliffe to give it to the Goalscorer … easy Cop out .
— Al Wilkinson (@albowilko) December 18, 2019
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