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Future lies in youth at Man City and not more expensive signings

| 06.10.2010

Manchester City’s future lies in bringing players through their youth team and not continuing to spend big in the transfer market, according to Brian Marwood.

A heavy 18 months of serious spending in the transfer market has turned City from a mid-table team with an outside possibility of finishing in the top four into one of the leading Premier League title contenders.

Despite the host of new recruits potentially needing time to gel, Roberto Mancini’s men currently sit second in the standings and are 7/1 to win the Premier League.

However, if City fail in their quest to finish at the head of the Premier League table, Marwood, who is the club’s chief football administrative officer, told the Guardian that the club will avoid simply bringing in a hatful more new faces.

He revealed: “This club has gone from tenth in the Premier League two seasons ago to just missing out on qualifying for the Champions League last season, and now including players with the quality of Yaya Toure and David Silva.

“We’ve kind of crammed ten years’ work into 12 to 18 months. Now the intensity of signing players is levelling off, allowing this group to develop.”

Marwood added that rich owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan has also invested heavily in the club’s academy and the aim is to eventually replace the existing squad with players that have emerged through their youth system.

Dedryck Boyata has already surfaced from the youth team in the past season to make some sparing appearances, while there are high hopes for the likes of Greg Cunningham and Keiran Trippier to make breakthroughs in the not too distant future.

Big rivals Manchester United are 3/1 to win the Premier League. See the complete Premier League winners market.



Ed Needham