2 key Man City u23’s that will cause Rochdale problems tonight

The future of Man City will face Rochdale in the Leasing.com Trophy and two youngsters, in particular, will be looking to make a name for themselves in this local derby…

Man City could begin to bring players through the youth system as opposed to buying in talent, which would give the club more status in world football. The Leasing.com Trophy gives an opportunity for young talent to face experienced first-team players from lower leagues.

In their first game of the group stage of the competition, Man City u23s will face a decent Rochdale side at Spotland Stadium.

In a tough game against a confident side in a harsh league, the youth of Man City needs to put in a professional display. However, there are 2 players in particular who will put in a huge performance against Rochdale…

Benjamin Garre

Garre, 19, came from Argentina in 2016 to join up with Man City’s academy. This old-fashioned winger has a certain style of play that doesn’t come around so often in modern football, making him a project for the future.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Garre must impress this season. Performing against people his age might not be enough to convince Guardiola that the winger can come close to the first team any time soon. However, a successful run in a competition against experienced players will allow him to prove otherwise.

Iker Pozo

Pozo was a part of the Real Madrid youth academy before joining Man City in 2012. Being part of both of these academies tells you how highly this 19-year-old midfielder is rated.

The Spaniard plays as a defensive midfielder. In a game where they could be considered the underdogs, being attacked heavily by Rochdale is probably on the cards.

This will give Pozo a perfect opportunity to prove his defensive skills. Putting himself in the mind of Guardiola, as someone who could one-day rival Rodri for his defensive midfield position.