Only a few days after signing for Manchester City, Japanese attacking midfielder Ryotaro Meshino could be about to depart the club on loan.
Edinburgh Live reported that Scottish Premiership club Hearts are interested in taking the 21-year-old on loan from the Premier League champions.
According to Edinburgh Live, the player’s parent club had been considering loaning him to a team from outside the UK, but that may change with him reportedly having initial talks with Hearts about a possible deal.
Meshino had been enjoying a prolific season in his homeland prior to signing for Manchester City. He scored five goals in 17 matches for Gamba Osaka’s first team in 2019, in addition to eight goals in as many games for the Japanese club’s under-23 side.
He is a hugely versatile player who has adapted readily to a multitude of positions, most frequently being deployed as a left winger, attacking midfielder or centre-forward. He has also filled in as a central and right-sided midfielder on occasion [via Transfermarkt].
Meshino will hope to have a better chance of establishing himself in Manchester City’s first team squad than other young attackers who have been unable to make that leap.
Patrick Roberts, who joined Manchester City four years ago, has played only three first team games for the club, all in the 2015/16 season, and has had just four minutes of Premier League football for them.
Manu Garcia also got his break at the Etihad in 2015, playing four first team games in 2015/16 and scoring once, but was out on loan for each of the following three campaigns and this summer returned to Sporting Gijon permanently.
At least those two got to play for Manchester City’s first team, unlike Marlos Moreno. The Colombia attacker signed from Atletico Nacional in 2016 but was instantly loaned out to Deportivo La Coruna and has had four subsequent loans without ever getting on the field for the Premier League champions.
The careers of Roberts, Garcia and Moreno, none of whom have played for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, should serve as a cautionary tale to Meshino.
He seems highly unlikely to feature for the club’s first team this season and a loan move will probably be needed if he is to get any senior experience.
If he goes out on loan and performs very impressively, he could get his break at the Etihad, but history suggests that he could easily become another young attacking player who remained in the shadows at Manchester City.
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