Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Youngsters Who Could Make Their Debut

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Youngsters Who Could Make Their Debut

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MANUEL Pellegrini usually takes a hard line on young players - they have to prove they are good enough before he will hand them a game.

That is unlikely to change with a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals at stake.

But with so many injuries, he may find places on the bench for one or two youngsters.

Kelechi Iheanacho is sure to be one of them - if not in the starting XI - but who else is in the reckoning? MEN Sport reckons these are the five most likely.

PABLO MAFFEO The 18-year-old right-back has sat on the bench five times this season after being hugely impressive in the run to the FA Youth Cup final last season.

He has the grit and determination of his mentor Pablo Zabaleta, plus a huge dollop of class.

TOSIN ADARABIOYO The Mancunian 18-yearold was skipper of the under-18s last season, and is a towering, commanding presence in the centre of defence. …

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