Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to build on their dominant title success last time round.
Pep Guardiola’s men won the league at a canter last term in accumulating 100 points from their 38 league games, eventually ending up a staggering 19 points clear of second place and nearest rivals Manchester United. However, City supporters will be expecting better in Europe this term following their quarter-final exit at the hands of Liverpool last season, thus underlining their need to continue strengthening ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
As such, there are many excited Citizens fans up and down the country, several of whom are wondering who the next break-out star could be at the Etihad Stadium, what with the likes of Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz making the step up to the first team in recent times.
And based on his efforts for the club’s Under-18 side in recent years, and the fact he has already trained with the first team, 17-year-old wonderkid Keyendrah Simmonds could well be the next big-thing at the North West giants.
The winger has come up through the ranks at the Premier League champions and really made a name for himself in the North division of the Under-18 Premier League last time round, having netted a staggering 13 goals in just 20 appearances for the Citizens, helping them to a second place finish in the table.
In fact, only two players in Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood (16) and Everton’s Anthony Gordon (14) scored more in the North division than Simmonds last term to underline his immense talent and potential, which is particularly impressive given the vast majority of his goals came while playing down the flanks.
But having also shone in a more advanced central role for the Under-18s, it’s clear that he is adept at playing everywhere across the front line, which can only be a good thing for the 17-year-old given wingers nowadays are just as important in terms of goal-scoring as they are in terms of creating opportunities.
Yes, there is still a long way to go in Simmonds’ development, but all the signs are pointing towards a break-through into the development squad in the near future, and thus potentially an opportunity in Guardiola’s first team in the years to come.
In fact, the 17-year-old wonderkid looks destined for great things under Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!