Three teenagers started for Manchester City during their win over Southampton this week. Manchester City fans were given an indication of the future on Tuesday night as the Blues heaped more gloom on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton at the Etihad. Football fans can book Premier League Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
A Nicolas Otamendi header led Sergio Aguero brace in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup but two more strikes from the Blues all-time record goal scorer is not what the game will be remembered for. Blues fans have become familiar with seeing Argentine forward find the net with regularity over the previous eight-and-a-half years.
Although they will never tire of seeing Aguero wheel away in celebration having added another goal to his count, they will have found the introduction of a few new faces of late inspirational.
Tommy Doyle, the 18-year-old local guy, showcased at the base of midfield on his senior debut against Saints. Tommy Doyle played so well for the first game in a position that is not natural for him. I saw him playing there for a few days when normally he plays in front but he played really well.
Tommy Doyle is Manchester City through and through. His granddad the late Mike Doyle, is a bona fide City great having got his hands on eight pieces of silverware during the 60s and 70s. As Guardiola noted, holding midfield is not Doyle’s primary place but he cleared himself well there against Premier League opposition.
A calm young defender with technical features polished in La Masia, he could be vital for Manchester City in the coming months as Pep Guardiola continues to struggle with Aymeric Laporte’s knee injury.
Phil Foden has been in and around the first team for a couple of years now but he is yet to turn 20 and Tuesday’s game was just his 16th start for Manchester City.
The chances of him being involved in any of the seven Premier League matches before the Oxford United draw are slim, and if he features in any of Manchester City remaining three Champions League group matches it will likely be because a place in the last 16 has already been available.
Guardiola is more likely to give his young players further game time against a team of Premier League One standard than Manchester United or Liverpool.
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