Manchester City’s head of academy coaching Jason Wilcox says Pep Guardiola will be “spoilt for choice” by the young talent at the club.
City players including Kelechi Iheanacho, Manu Garcia, Besant Celina, Angelino, Cameron Humphreys, Aleix Garcia, Tosin Adarabioyo, David Faupala, Brandon Barker, Pablo Maffeo and Brahim Diaz have all made their first-team debuts after coming through the club’s academy in recent seasons.
And Wilcox, who represented Blackburn, Leeds, Leicester and Blackpool during his playing career, is confident Guardiola will be handing out more first-team debuts to young talent within the club.
“I’m not someone who gets carried away, but I have never seen anything like the talent we have at this academy,” Wilcox told the Daily Mirror. “We have got kids here who are at a level that is just mind-blowing. It makes me hope that I am working here for the next 10 years.
“We want Pep Guardiola to be spoilt for choice — and we are getting there. Our aim is to have a first-team squad packed with players from our academy. Not only that, it would also be great to get some Mancunian blood into the team.”
Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Joel Latibeaudiere, Curtis Anderson and Ian Proveda-Campo are among the players City hope will progress into the first team.