Man City build all-British starting XI for future if Kane and Grealish sign – Joe Bray
When England enter the knockout stages of Euro 2020, four Manchester City players will have played a key role in getting there.
For a team often accused of buying success, we often forget that City are among the wisest spenders in the Premier League, if not in Europe.
Players don’t come just because of their name or reputation, they’re signed because they match a goal and make the team better. Or, in the case of City Football Academy, they will be signed and developed with the aim of generating profits in the future.
And it should not be forgotten that the heart of City’s recent recruiting in recent years at the senior and academic level has been to increase the number of local talent on the books. This, of course, has a bonus.
But a long-term strategy to invest in English and British talent is starting to pay off, with Cole Palmer’s recent contract extension showing the new generation of local players rising through the ranks to push City’s international stars.
Everything is going well, the future England teams will continue to have a strong representation of City. And on the other hand, City are coming to the stage where they could name an all-English starting XI as early as next season, depending on their transfer activities this summer:
Scott Carson is expected to sign a permanent deal after being released from Derby, which has been his parent club for two years. Should any injuries or a rotation arise next season, Carson could be called up as he was at the end of 2020/21.
In the ranks, there are the Englishman James Trafford, the Scotsman Ciaran Slicker and the Irishman Gavin Bazunu (who would not count in a British eleven, but who will have already come by the time he is ready to challenge the first team).
John Stones has revitalized his career at City and can claim to be a long-term center-back alongside Ruben Dias.
If Dias is not available, however, Taylor Harwood-Bellis will look to build on an impressive loan from Blackburn and a path for his development could be to take Eric Garcia’s place in the squad as cover for defenders. central. If there is a cup match against lower league opponents, Stones and Harwood-Bellis could be an all-English center-back duo.
This is where an English eleven would take off, as there are few options at left-back and Kyle Walker is 31. Conrad Egan-Riley and Kwaku Oduroh have been academy captains this season and have participated in senior training, but a future England squad may need a new signing at left-back to complete the roster .
Nathan Ake could offer a local qualification to the roster, but he’s a Dutch international.
The center of midfield is another area of light on the options, but not short of quality. Tommy Doyle is a deeper natural midfielder and is City through and through, while Phil Foden can come back to center to adjust to other options on that side.
To complete the XI, transfer target Jack Grealish could perhaps sign and take some valuable local space in the City squad.
Cole Palmer’s new contract and promotion to the first team shows how much he is appreciated by City bosses, and he’s comfortable on both wings while still being able to score brilliant goals at home. interior.
Raheem Sterling is an option on the other side to provide balance and experience for this home team. Felix Nmecha got a taste of first-team action last season and could hope for more in 2021/22.
Harry Kane is the name on everyone’s lips, but it is becoming clear that it will cost a significant amount of money. He would offer some serious qualities to this XI, while Liam Delap is a promising replacement option at the start of his career, highlighting how talent is rising in the ranks of the CFA.
Possible future 100% English starting XI of Man City: Carson; Walker, Stones, Harwood-Bellis, [new signing]; Doyle, Foden, Grealish; Palmer, Sterling, Kane (or Delap).