City Blogger: The future's bright, the future's Blue
- 28 November 2013 10:16
- Posted by @ViewFromABlue
Find out why Steven Allweis, author of City blog View From A Blue, believes that exciting times are ahead for the Club at youth level...
Instead, away from the spotlight so deservedly shone in the direction of Sergio, Alvaro et al, City’s youth prospects, both on and off the pitch, are developing at a striking rate.
The above record belongs to the group at U18 level as they charge towards the top of the table with captivating displays, yet they’re just one strand of a highly promising future for the Blues.
Results and, more importantly, the quality of football have improved this season for the EDS under the stewardship of Patrick Vieira, whilst in the youth version of the Champions League, City are well placed to progress beyond the group stage.
In that competition, there have been a number of bright sparks; Rony Lopes has starred with his burst of pace and dynamic impact (and has inspired the rest of the Academy players by featuring for the first team), Jack Byrne controls midfield with his elegant passing and knack for finding space where others are rushed, and Angelino, a Spanish left back competing against players up to three years older than him, has been a revelation.
The U16s recently saw seven members of their side receive international recognition with call-ups to the England squad for the latest Victory Shield encounter, while those who have seen the progression of the academy over a number of years suggest that the current U14 and U15 age groups are the ones on whom to keep an eye.
"But while we should be thrilled at the success of these youngsters, developments off the pitch shouldn’t be overlooked, and with the City Football Academy well on the way to completion, it is a hugely exciting time to be a Blues’ supporter."
...View From A Blue...
The week-long feature on the new campus, as shown recently on City Today, was enlightening and uplifting in equal measure.
We saw a glimpse into the level of planning that has gone into the new facilities, not just for the first team, but also for the younger age groups.
The detail in all areas was remarkable, the preparation outstanding and, once finished, it should act as an inspiration to all those possible future City stars.
With such a thorough, complete and top class environment in which to work, few would bet against the new campus producing a stream of quality that will energise the club and drive it forward.
Of course, it goes without saying that any footballer looking to break into our squad will have to be a special talent, but the foundations are there for them and Brian Marwood mentioned this week in his interview on City Today how the club now have a “very clear methodology” throughout all the age groups.
The U11s play the same style of football as the U21s and that “consistency of philosophy”, as he puts it, can only help the kids as they look to progress.
From the outside looking in, it’s clear that the academy is highly valued and the desire to produce talent from that area of the club is a genuine one. And that’s something, as fans, we love to see.