4 Manchester City Academy Players Who Could Make the First Team Next Season

​Manchester City haven't really shown any ambition to promote youth talent from within the club since Micah Richards broke into the first team and have evidently found reinforcements in big signings but things are sure to change.

The owners of the club have spent millions of pounds in developing a youth academy that has now become most clubs' envy.

The Blues of Manchester have a wide variety of young prospects who have shown the potential to go on and achieve something spectacular. 

We take a look at four such players who could move into the first team for Pep Guardiola next season:

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4. Phil Foden

The England U-17 international caught everyone's eye when he was included in City's Champions League game squad against Celtic in the group stages earlier this season.

Phil Foden, born in Stockport, has been at the Manchester City academy for over a decade now and has been popular in the youth circuit. He has played in every youth England team and has impressed at every level.

The versatile midfielder's preferred position is just behind the striker, as a number 10, but can play anywhere across the midfield and further forward. The youngster is blessed with great dribbling abilities and has a great passing range.

He is a player City have nurtured with a lot of care and is sure to save the club millions in bringing new talent when he steps onto the pitch.

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3. Angus Gunn

​Manchester City's goalkeeping problems have been well documented throughout the current season and the next number one for Pep Guardiola's side could be right under his nose.

Angus Gunn is a 21-year-old England international and has impressed many in the past. Standing at 6'5", he has been brilliant between the sticks for City's U-23 side and as their third-choice keeper.

Guardiola was impressed by the youth's composure with the ball at his feet and picked him for the pre-season tour for 2016/17. 

Gunn has impressed in his performances for the youth teams and will be hard to keep out of the squad for too long given the age and contract lengths of both Caballero and Bravo.

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2. Tosin Adarabioyo

Tosin Adarabioyo is 19-year-old centre back from Manchester and has been at the academy for a decade now.

He played every minute of Manchester City's preseason and Pep Guardiola had nothing but praise for the English youth international. 

The tall centre-half is regarded as one of the most promising talents to come out of the Manchester City academy and all the coaches see him as a future star.

Adarabioyo has regularly been praised for his attitude towards the game and after the player was named as the Man of the Match against Borussia Dortmund during their preseason encounter, Guardiola was quick to tell the press that he is a certain part of the club's future.

Having been compared to club captain Vincent Kompany, the youngster will almost certainly be a part of the first team sooner rather than later.

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1. Alex Garcia

The Spanish midfielder has been more involved with the first team than any of the others mentioned above. The 19-year-old moved to the Manchester City academy in the summer of 2015 from Villarreal where he had been given his first team debut.

Alex Garcia has played a total of eight times for the first team this season which isn't a surprise as he has often been seen training with them for a couple of seasons now.

The Spain U-19 international is a deep-lying midfield player and is often seen offering himself to the goalkeepers and defenders and always wants the ball. He has the ability to weave passes together and often imposes his authority on the game.

His ability to control play will not go unnoticed by Pep Guardiola and it is a matter of when and not if that Garcia will make a name for himself in the City line-up.

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