Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City's Young Loan Stars Impress in the Championship

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City's Young Loan Stars Impress in the Championship

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BREAKING into this City team is no easy task, so for many youngsters at the City Football Academy a loan move is the best opportunity to prove that they have a long-term future at the club.

For some, like Jack Harrison, Tosin Adarabioyo and Lukas Nmecha, time in the Championship has developed their game and a step up beckons, while others have failed to take their chance and face an uncertain future at the club.

So how did City's young loan stars fare this season, and what is likely to happen to them now they have returned? ¦ JACK HARRISON, LEEDS UNITED IT was a crucial season in Harrison's development, as the 22-year-old had something to prove after last season's disappointing spell at Middlesbrough.

Towards the end of the campaign he established himself as first choice on the wing as Leeds missed out on the play-off final in dramatic fashion. Harrison registered four goals and four assists in total from 42 appearances.

VERDICT: Now he's proved himself in England, Harrison is likely to be loaned out again as his reported £15m price tag will put many teams off. Alternatively, he is probably the best placed to challenge for a first team spot.

¦ PATRICK ROBERTS, GIRONA A nasty hamstring injury midway through the season came at the worst time, as Roberts had just started to get used to playing in La Liga. He only managed one start after his return to action.

VERDICT: Time for a loan spell in England.

¦ ALEIX GARCIA AND DOUGLAS LUIZ, GIRONA GARCIA played 34 times and Luiz played 29 times as Girona were relegated from La Liga in a disappointing season all round.

Guardiola has high hopes for Luiz, but the youngster was denied a work permit at the start of the season.

VERDICT: Another loan beckons for both players or even permanent transfer away if there is interest. ¦ LUKAS NMECHA, PRESTON NORTH END THE 20-year-old took a while to adapt to his first taste of first team football, but finished the season in good form and his attitude was praised by Preston boss Alex Neil. …

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