Man City currently have twelve players out on loan. Today, The Football Manc Cave will report on two prolific youngsters who have a strong shot at making it to the Premier League winner’s starting eleven.
Since Manchester City was gifted ‘blank-cheque’ status in 2008, their planning for the future has been absolutely spot on. The club has gradually improved their squad before settling on the perfect group to perform under Pep Guardiola before appointing him.
The young players out on loan are there because they are seen as part of the plans of Man City’s future. Meaning that you could see the names Sandler and Ilic in the Premier League in the years to come.
Man Utd is renown for producing their own talent. This is currently unmatched by Man City as they tend to purchase young talent. Philippe Sandler was purchased from Zwolle for around £2.25million and Luka Ilic was purchased from Red Star for a similar price.
City purchased Oleksandr Zinchenko from FK Ufa when he was 20 in 2016 for only £1.8million. He was then loaned to PSV, and now he starts week in, week out for Man City with a market value of £18million.
Could one or both of the following players see the same fate? Let’s see how their loan spells are going for their current clubs…
Sandler, 22, went out on loan this summer to Anderlecht. He followed Man City superstar Vincent Kompany as he ventures on to a player-coach role. Having such an experienced talent alongside him will fast-track his progression and allow him to become the man who fills the hole Kompany left.
Sandler has featured in the first three games for Anderlecht, starting on all three occasions. This shows a good start to his loan as he is being trusted with regular first-team football.
Himself and Kompany in as the centre-back partnership saw two clean sheets in the first two games. But conceded 4 in a 4-2 defeat in Sandler’s third and most recent game with Anderlecht.
Ilic, 20, is a Serbian left-footed attacking midfielder. He is in last season of his two-year loan at Breda, who is in the second division of Dutch football,
Ilic’s first season with Breda was in the top tier in Holland. Having only 16 appearances, 2 goals and 3 assists say that the youngster had a tough time.
However, with only two games played in the new season, Ilic has scored twice and assisted once, having his team sat at the top of their division.
Should this form continue, it would demonstrate a resilient youngster who is eager to improve and going back to his parent club with a fantastic reference from his temporary manager at Breda.