With the transfer season now in full swing, there are plenty of players – including youth prospects – looking at where they can potentially play their football next season.
Typically, younger players go their own way and decide either to stay and fight for a place in their parent club or move on in search of regular first-team football elsewhere.
In the case of Manchester City, Phil Foden is a huge success story from the ever-growing City Football Academy. He recently won his second Premier League Young Player of the Year award in a row and is now a solid man in Gareth Southgate’s England setup.
But like the case of Jadon Sancho, others have found moving to another club is the better step of their careers, with the difficult winger now back in Manchester with rivals across the city of Manchester United.
This year, the Blues have seen people like Cole Palmer, James McAtee and CJ Egan-Riley all show up and make their Premier League debut – a unique achievement for a young player on this star-studded City team.
As the new season ticks closer, those players will consider what’s best for their infant careers next season, with a host of clubs queuing up to loan them out.
One of them in particular will be James McAtee, where James Ducker of the Telegraph reports that the Salford-born midfielder attracts ‘significant borrowing rates’.
After signing a three-year contract extension a few months ago, it’s clear to see the 19-year-old believe his long-term future is at the Etihad, but Pep Guardiola may be tempted to let one of his most promising talents experience. senior football fully before trusting him in his high-intensity City side.