Perhaps the biggest indication of the incredible plethora of young talent at Manchester City see how much demand they generated this summer.
One of the biggest examples of the aforementioned statement is Southampton’s coup against Gavin Bazunu.
For a Premier League club to entrust a 20-year-old player with his number one, when he has only played in League 1, League 2 and the League of Ireland Premier Division at senior level, is a huge leap of faith.
Likewise, the Saints also relied on Romeo Lavia as their main defensive midfielder during the 2022/23 season.
Leeds United have also taken a similar route by adding midfield wonderkid Darko Gyabi to their ranks this summer.
While CJ-Egan Riley has also reunited with Vincent Kompany in a permanent move for one of the favorites to win the championship at Burnley.
The former Sky Blues captain has also signed the much-loved Tommy Doyle, who joined the Clarets on loan.
Other Etihad Stadium youngsters who have embarked on season-long loan spells include James Trafford and Yan Couto for Bolton Wanderers and Girona respectively.
As a result, it’s clear that City’s policy of nurturing some of the best young talent is clearly working like a charm.
A new update has now suggested the club are aiming to take this process to another level by bringing in one of the savviest operators working behind the scenes at another Premier League club.
According a report by Athletic’s Phil Hay Manchester City have appointed Leeds United scout Paul Midgley who led national academy recruitment before leaving the club at the end of the last term.
It was stated that Midgley’s role at Elland Road was to sign junior players in the age categories ranging from U12 to U16.
Further details suggest he is set to take over as youth scout in the North Zone alongside Pep Guardiola.
Ultimately, the signings of Liam Delap and Josh Wilson-Esbrand from Derby County and West Ham United in recent years suggest the club already have a successful track record of bringing in players from around the country.
The appointment of such an established figure as Paul Midgley could potentially elevate the club’s youth scouting to unrivaled standards, given that Leeds United have always had a reputation for producing some of the best young talent in the country.
The city itself is beginning to earn a reputation for bringing in talented young players.
Phil Foden is recognized around the world as one of the best midfielders and Cole Palmer’s breakthrough into the first team last season is further proof that the CFA system works.
Even if they don’t make it to the Etihad Stadium, many young talents have pursued their careers elsewhere.