Manchester City’s chase of two young prodigies highlights how they stay a step ahead of their rivals. The policy of chasing elite young talent has paid dividends on two fronts for City. This approach has helped the champions stay at the top and maintain the ability to refresh their squad when necessary.
The City Academy has become a valuable asset for the world champions. The rise of Phil Foden, Rico Lewis, Oscar Bobb and more recently Micah Hamilton shows it’s developing players for the Manchester City first team. It also is a key part of bringing in transfer revenue for the treble winners. Sales of academy prospects like Cole Palmer, James Trafford and more this past summer also keeps transfer revenue coming in meaning the champions can keep within the various FFP rules and add quality to the first team.
Manchester City’s chase for the signatures of Leeds United starlet Finlay Gorman and River Plate wonderkid Claudio Echeverri as reported by Fabrizio Romano are another example of the club targeting elite young talent. If they do complete the signings it will be two more elite prospects added to the club’s famed youth set-up.
With City keen to jump the queue and complete moves for the pair, it shows that the club are keen to stay ahead of the chasing pack. The City EDS system is playing a key role in maintaining the club’s place at the top of English football. While Pep Guardiola and his all-conquering players rightly get the plaudits for the club’s success, the Academy plays a key role in keeping City a step ahead of their rivals.
If they could secure the two young prodigies in Gorman and Echeverri City would have again stayed ahead of their rivals in the youth system set up.