• Tom Caldwell

The Young Starters vs Barnsley - Who Are They?

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

City Youngsters vs Barnsley - Who are they?

In Manchester City's second pre-season friendly vs Barnsley, another handful of youngsters were on show, with another 4 starting, like the game against Preston. Palmer and Knight retained their spots, and McAtee, Edozie starting after their role as subs on Tuesday. For those less familiar with the starters, here goes!

Sam Edozie

Sam Edozie, 18, is a young winger who can play either side of a front three, who has been at City since his £540,000 move to the club in 2019 from Milwall. Quick and skilful, with an eye for goal, Edozie is the exact sort of player you could expect from the City Football Academy. He had an impressive season for the EDS last year, scoring two against Scunthorpe in the EFL Trophy, and getting 6 goal involvements in 17 in PL2. At just 18, Edozie has a big future ahead of him, and scored against Preston on Tuesday during his impressive second half performance!

Image from Manchester Evening News

James McAtee

James McAtee is another attacking player, who plays predominantly as an advanced midfielder but is also adept on either wing. He's just 18, and has been at the club since u11s! McAtee is very highly rated amongst City fans for his vision, maturity and general quality and is rumoured to be taking a similar path to the first team as Phil Foden, playing fewer minutes but learning from the world class players around him. McAtee showed glimpses of his quality on Tuesday, getting the assist for Edozie's goal after a great move!

Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer is a 6'3" (190cm) winger who can also occupy an advanced midfield position, born in Manchester, who had caps for England at u15, u16, u17 and u18 level, scoring two for the u18s. Typical to the Manchester City academy, Cole Palmer perfectly fits the mould of the typical winger in City's team, with lots of dynamism and tonnes of technical ability, but looks to be just as good playing in a similar role to Kevin De Bruyne. Palmer's tall figure does give him a unique dribbling style, which has proven very effective at youth level so far, with his dribbling abilities being crucial to his success to City's all-conquering youth team of the past couple of years! The hero of City u18's FA Youth Cup Final triumph v Chelsea, Palmer has bags of potential.

Image via ManCity.com

Ben Knight

Benjamin Leo Knight is a young winger who joined City from Ipswich Town in 2018, and has featured for England at four different youth levels, including a game for the u18s in 2019. Knight is, again, a winger that is typical of the City academy at the moment, a few good players coming through in the same mould as Knight. His main qualities are his ability to create something out of nothing, and, like Palmer, his dribbling is very good, the ball always being close to his feet.

Plenty to be excited about for City fans!