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Man City ARE producing academy players – just not for themselves

The Blues ARE developing youth players, but most end up elsewhere

This might not come as much of a surprise.

It has been revealed that academy graduates from Manchester City totalled over 16,000 Premier League minutes last season – just very few actually came for City.

Pep Guardiola won’t be best pleased with this news

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Pep Guardiola won’t be best pleased with this news

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Only Tottenham and Man United gave more time to academy players, a Press Association study has found.

Kelechi Iheanacho, who is expected to leave this summer, was the only product to feature for Pep Guardiola’s side last season, racking up just 526 minutes as the Blues finished third.

Kelechi Iheanacho was the only City youth product to feature last season

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Kelechi Iheanacho was the only City youth product to feature last season

Most of the higher numbers came away from the Etihad Stadium, with City graduates Ben Mee and Kasper Schmeichel featuring in 3,016 and 2,667 minutes for Burnley and Leicester respectively.

Middlesbrough’s Adam Clayton and Stoke’s Glenn Whelan are also City graduates and racked up over 2000 minutes each.

Weirdly enough the £54m signing of Kyle Walker may boost their number even further, allowing City youth product Kieran Trippier to replace him as Tottenham’s first-choice right back this season.

Kasper Schmeichel was one of a host of City youth graduates to feature elsewhere

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Kasper Schmeichel was one of a host of City youth graduates to feature elsewhere

The news comes after City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was hopeful that City could field ‘at least one player, if not two’ from their academy each year.

“I’d like at least a player, if not two, playing and competing at the first team level from the academy every year,” he said in his end-of-season interview.

“That is what I would like. Can we do that? We will try everything we can.

“Certainly everyone knows that ambition and target and today I think the academy is producing.”

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said it is a "massive year" for the club

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City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak wants City’s academy to prosper

Yeah right, mate – we’ll believe it when we see it.

After confirming the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco on Monday, City have now spent over £300m on just improving their defence and goalkeeper since 2014.

Financial Fair Play is clearly working then.


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