With such huge financial resources at their disposal, you might understand why Manchester City’s youth academy has not been producing players ready for their first team in the past few years, though that could all be about to change.
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Left-back Angelino scored an impressive hat-trick in the under-21 league against Leicester and looked every bit ready for the senior team with a remarkable performance.
The 18-year-old may well get his chance with so many of the first-team faltering at such an important stage of the season, following a disappointing 2-1 defeat away to Crystal Palace, all but ending any hopes of another Premier League title.
The Citizens have recently opened a new academy and under-21s stadium, among other extensive improvements to their youth and academy infrastructure. This means we could soon be seeing new prospects making their bow at the Etihad Stadium having flourished under Patrick Vieira at youth level.
The management situation in the blue half of Manchester is less certain, however, and it remains to be seen if Manuel Pellegrini will keep his job following a trophiless.