Manchester City Youth: Ones To Watch
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Liam Delap of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the FA Youth Cup match between Manchester City and Birmingham City at Manchester City Football Academy on March 12, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Manchester City's youth machine is constantly pumping out new and exciting players. Most of them are shipped out to gain experience, but some are thrown into the first team.

Pep Guardiola has proven he knows what he is doing when it comes to bringing young talent into consideration, with the likes of Phil Foden and Barcelona's Eric Garcia thriving.

So which players should Citizens be looking out for?

Liam Delap

After much speculation, it seems now that Delap will be staying in Manchester this season.

A whole host of clubs were interested in the 18-year-old striker. Clubs ranged from his boyhood team Derby County to Preston North End.

With 24 goals and six assists in 22 Premier League 2 appearances, it is understandable why so many Championship sides had their eyes set on the youngster. 

However, with Guardiola having an admiration for Delap, it looks like the manager has a plan for him. So we may see the striker break into the first team once again.

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Guardiola told the Manchester Evening News: "It was a pity because he arrived in pre-season and the first day he was injured, and he has been injured so far, he’s still injured.

"He could not train one training [session] with us and the three friendly games we played against Barnsley, against the other teams he was injured."

Guardiola added: "He’s going to train with us if a striker comes or doesn’t come. He’s going to train with us all the season.

“It’s the best way to help their development because the problem in the academies today here in England, the distance between the first team competition in the Premier League and the competition they play is too big."

With the Harry Kane saga pretty much over and only rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo, plus the signing of a new contract, it seems that Delap has a real chance of getting some minutes on the main stage.

Gavin Bazunu

Competition for the goalkeeper spot is tough. Ederson. Zack Steffen. Scott Carson. Arjanet Muric.

A loan move to Portsmouth was, arguably, the best move for Bazunu, especially with how well it is going so far.

The keeper spent last season on loan at League One side Rochdale, making 32 appearances in all competitions. However, in a struggling lower league side, Bazunu only managed to keep five clean sheets and shipped 59 goals.

This season has started off a lot better for the 19-year-old.

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In Pompey's first four games, the Irishman has played three of those games and seems to have taken Alex Bass' spot in the Starting XI.

Bazunu's shot-stopping and confidence with his feet have impressed Pompey fans, who have taken to social media to express how good a loan move it has been for both parties.

Could Bazunu be City's next keeper?

Morgan Rogers

Rogers' transfer window has been far from simple.

After being pictured wearing a Nottingham Forest shirt at the City Ground, and most sources confirming that the deal between the two parties was all but complete, a late switch saw the City winger go on loan to AFC Bournemouth instead.

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Rogers impressed in the 2020/21 season as he was loaned out to Lincoln City, racking up six goals and four assists in 25 League One appearances.

The move for the 19-year-old also made sense, with the Cherries losing Arnaut Danjuma to Villarreal for a reported £21.3m. 15 goals in 33 games will leave a hole in Bournemouth's team, but that will give Rogers a chance to excite.

If his Premier League 2 performances are anything to go by, Jason Tindall's side has a sensational prospect on their hands. Five goals and four assists in 20 appearances may not be hugely impressive numbers, but his performances are always so much more than stats. 

Hopefully, Rogers can prove that in his time on the South coast.

Cole Palmer

Palmer received a massive ovation as he jogged onto the pitch with Man City 3-0 up against Norwich City in their first home game of the season, which eventually finished 5-0.

The youngster was straight into the action, playing a part in City's build-up and tracking back. Palmer was basically given a box-to-box role and he definitely took it in his stride.

Hopefully, that is a sign of things to come for the 19-year-old.

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Palmer's stats are extremely impressive for an attacking midfielder at such a young age. 20 goals and eight assists in 32 Under-18 appearances, plus 13 goals and six assists in 21 Under-23 appearances.

Just training with the first team alone will be a good opportunity to develop for Palmer, but playing Premier League and cup football will be even better.

Ko Itakura

Itakura is a player in the City ranks who has gone under the radar (which is surprising with the Japanese defender standing at 6"2).

The centre-back has gone out on loan to FC Schalke 04 for this season. With four games of the season gone, the on-loan Citizen has only played 44 minutes in a game that the German club lost 4-1.

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The Bundesliga 2 is a very good league to gain experience in, though. The competitiveness to gain promotion will push the player harder than he has ever been pushed before.

And it seems that Itakura could possibly be in future plans at City, with the club only wanting him to go out on loan, and not be sold.