Phil Foden picks one Man City youngsters he wants to see in first team more

Phil Foden picks one Man City youngsters he wants to see in first team more

Phil Foden has expressed his desire for Rico Lewis and Cole Palmer, fellow Manchester City players, to follow his footsteps and secure a place in the first team after progressing through the club’s academy.

 Foden himself has been a notable success story, starting from the under-9 level and eventually making his senior debut in 2017 against Feyenoord. 

Over the past six years, the talented player, born in Stockport, has become an idol at his childhood club, achieving significant accomplishments including five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

In the previous season, Lewis and Palmer emerged as promising young talents, making a combined total of 48 appearances in various competitions. 

They are viewed as the upcoming wave of academy graduates and have drawn inspiration from Foden’s remarkable rise. These three individuals, along with other young talents, have gained valuable experience in the Elite Development Squad (EDS).

 Foden commends Manchester City’s efforts in nurturing young players and expresses his hope for Lewis and Palmer to continue their progress and establish themselves as regular members of the first team.

“I always dreamed of playing with some of the players I’m playing with now,” Foden told the club’s new documentary, ‘3in3: How City’s EDS made history’. “I’ve had a long journey coming through each age group. I always just worked hard every day the best I could and thankfully it paid off.

“With Cole (Palmer) and Rico (Lewis) training with us too it’s really good for me seeing the young lads do what I did and to play with them and help them as much as I can it’s so nice. They are great players and hopefully they can continue to work hard and be in the first team.”

In the upcoming season, there is a possibility that James McAtee will join Lewis and Palmer in experiencing a breakthrough campaign. Manchester City is eager to retain the services of McAtee, an attacking midfielder, after his impressive loan stint with Sheffield United. 

Another player, Tommy Doyle, who was also loaned to Bramall Lane, might be sent out on loan again.

Aside from developing talented players, City’s academy work has yielded financial benefits through the sale of young prospects. Recently, Shea Charles completed a £15 million transfer to Southampton, contributing to the club’s finances. 

Additionally, if goalkeeper James Trafford moves to Burnley, the potential transfer fee could reach nearly £20 million.

Last summer, Gavin Bazunu, Sam Edozie, Juan Larios, and Romeo Lavia were sold to Southampton in a combined deal worth £38 million. This transfer occurred following the departure of Joe Shields, the head of youth recruitment, who moved to the south coast along with the quartet of players.

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