It’s been a while since City had a genuine homegrown prospect to get behind.
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton, Stephen Ireland and Micah Richards were the last youngsters to come through the academy and have a lasting impact on the first-team.
But, after City’s 2-0 loss to Man United in Houston, Blues fans have seen the future. He’s called Phil Foden.
The 17-year-old midfielder was making his first-team debut for City, lining up against Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera.
It’s fair to say he impressed, with Pep Guardiola falling over himself to praise the Stockport-born youngster.
Guardiola said: “His performance was at another level. He loves the club. He is a City fan. He is a gift.
“Maybe this season he will stay with us because he is special. Creating chances, always in the best position.”
But it wasn’t only Pep who was impressed. City fans were loving the youngster’s performance.
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Foden joined the City academy at Under-9 level, signing academy forms in the summer of 2016.
He made City’s squad for the Champions League group game clash against Celtic in December 2016 but didn’t see any game time.
Foden has been capped by England up to Under-17 level, playing 16 times for Steve Cooper’s side.
Its about time England had their very own Xavi. Over to you, Pep.