Tag Archives: deepdale

2 stand out players in Man City’s u21’s win over Bradford City you have to look out for

Last night saw a lot of Cup action and some shock results, it also was a night for youngsters to shine. While the Man City first team were at Deepdale in the Carabao Cup, the academy side faced Bradford in the Leasing.com Trophy. Here’s two stand out players…

The likes of Eric Garcia, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden have all come through the Manchester City development ranks and ended up making their way into the first team at young ages. They all got a chance to shine for Pep Guardiola last night, and the youngsters who went out against Bradford hoped to do the same.

Here was the full team line up:

Bradford took the lead after 21 minutes when Hope Akram headed one home. Six minutes later, the City lads found their feet and winger, Morgan Rogers helped get the equaliser. They managed to keep it 1-1 until half time and after 62 minutes, the Blues went 2-1 up with a goal from Tommy Doyle. This made it two wins in two for the City youngsters.

Who stood out and will be looking to impress Pep Guardiola like others have gone on to do?

Tommy Doyle

I know he’s already been mentioned but he has to be included in this as last night he managed to bag his first professional goal and an assist. If you’re going to try and impress, that’s the way you do it.

He set up Morgan Rogers perfectly for his goal and Rogers offered great support in return. Which could mean that these two are a rising combination when it comes to City’s youth, and maybe two to look out for? Doyle also wore the Captain’s armband last night.

Nathaniel Ogbeta

Ogbeta did well on the left wing last night. He managed to set up the second goal of the evening for Manchester City, which needed up being the winner. The winger delivered a perfectly timed low cross which gave Tommy Doyle the perfect chance and he scored.

He also worked well with Morgan Rogers. These youngsters are looking promising and it seems as if they are aiming to get better, develop and become the next rising stars of the squad.

If Wigan Athletic start these 3, they easily beat Stoke City

Back to the DW we go. Thank god after Saturday. It’s only a League Cup tie, however a good opportunity for players that haven’t started yet to showcase themselves for Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic host Stoke City in the first round of the League Cup. Latics return home after losing 3-0 to Preston on Saturday, while Stoke City have started the season poorly, losing 3-1 to Charlton Athletic in their second league game.

So, a return for Nick Powell may be on the cards. However, let’s take a look at a few players that may start for the home side…

Jamal Lowe

This is a perfect time for Lowe to start his first Latics game. There’s little pressure on the match, of course, we’d like to win, but it’s not a competition we’re likely to win, so it’s a bit of a free hit. I felt we were crying out for a Lowe type player on Saturday, someone with pace and quality around the box. We just lacked creativity on Saturday, all too pedestrian and predictable. Let Lowe have a go, he may well earn himself a starting spot vs Leeds United on Saturday.

Callum Lang

It’s likely Lang will be loaned out again, following the arrival of Bright Enobakhare on deadline day. However, I think the youngster has earned himself an opportunity to start a competitive game for Latics. Stoke’s defence looked very poor vs Charlton, perhaps this will be an open game and a one with plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Lang is a natural finisher, what better way to start his career, than with a couple of goals on home debut.

Joe Williams

Williams arrived from Everton during this summers transfer window, with a big reputation. He’s known for his tough-tackling and hard work, we could’ve done with that on Saturday. Although Preston had an extra man in midfield, that Cook didn’t match up against, we got completely dominated. Lee Evans and Lewis McLeod aren’t defensive midfielders in my opinion, especially away from home, good footballers yes but tough midfielders that can win battles, I’m not so sure. Williams sounds better suited to them affairs, let’s give him a chance and see what he’s got.

How Wigan Athletic’s starting 11 should look vs Preston North End tomorrow, agree?

Wigan Athletic started their season with a 3-2 victory over promotion favourites Cardiff City. Second-half goals from Michael Jacobs, Josh Windass and Lee Evans saw The Latics continue their fine home form.

Last season, Wigan began their season with a 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday at home. Followed by a 4-0 defeat at Preston. Guess who they play on Saturday? Preston. At Deepdale. Please, not another 4-0.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, predicts how Paul Cook’s side may look on Saturday…

I’m usually a one for maintaining a winning side, why change something that ain’t broken? However, we should have our captain back fit and have signed a big-money striker since the Cardiff win, so I’m expecting a couple of tweaks to the starting 11.

David Marshall will continue in goal. Although he made a slight error for the first goal on Saturday, he recovered well after and his distribution was very good. Nathan Byrne looked back to his best last week and is comfortable playing as a wing-back if we play that formation, same as Robinson on the other side, pleased we signed him and his performance vs Cardiff reinforced why. Chey Dunkley will be used to combat Preston’s direct style, while Danny Fox will partner him a strong looking back five.

A derby game

If Morsy is fit, he plays. It’s his type of game, a fiery derby that we’ll need to fight in and win our fair share of tackles. It’s harsh to drop either of Lewis McLeod and Lee Evans after Saturday, they were both outstanding, however, Morsy is captain.

Anthony Pilkington was our best player in pre-season. The winger looked sharp on Saturday, worked hard and helped to cause the Cardiff defence problems. Jamal Lowe and Gavin Massey will be pushing for starts, but Michael Jacobs looked back to his best. He struggled with injuries last season, but returned with a goal on Saturday and was arguably one of our best players.

Josh Windass. MOTM. Let him run ragged. I liked his directness last week, pick up the ball and run at defenders, get in-behind their back-line. I hope that performance gives himself and the fans confidence, score a hat-trick on Saturday and you’ll have a statue, never mind everyone’s backing.

I expect Kieffer Moore to make his debut on Saturday. Jason Roberts scored 30 seconds into his Latics debut away at Preston. No pressure, Kieffer. Cook has been looking for a striker all summer, we’ve eventually signed one, let’s waste no time in getting him involved. Make yourself an instant hero.

Preston North End looking to bring back 22y/o Man City winger, here’s two reasons why it’s a great move

Man City star, Brandon Barker has been rumoured to be joining Preston North End on loan. According to Football League World, the club is looking at a possible replacement for Callum Robinson.

It was revealed this week that Robinson signed for Sheffield United on a four-year deal. This now leaves them looking for any sort of replacement before the season starts. Now it’s looking like Barker could be top of the list.

The Football Manc Cave has come up with two reasons to why the 22-year-old would be a good move for Preston North End. If you’ve read up on his past or if you’ve just heard of his name, you may know that he has suffered from hamstring injuries. This has put a lot of doubt in the mind of Preston fans, although, if he can stay fit and prove he’s got past those problems, he could be brilliant for the side.

Free Agent

According to Preston Updates, the 22-year-old will become a free agent next year. So let’s say he has a really good season for the Lilywhites and he manages to stay away from any injuries, he could end up being with them permanently. The winger clearly isn’t needed at Man City as he’s been on loan to 4 different clubs since 2015. He is still young and this could be a factor that means he’s ready to prove himself this year.


One of the clubs that Barker has spent his time at in the past few years is Preston and it was only last season. That’s where fans already know his name from. He joined on loan from Man City in 2018 and he even managed to score for them in a game against Morecambe in the Carabao Cup. Surely Alex Neil wouldn’t be looking to snap him up again if he didn’t believe he could be beneficial. This could be a tactical move in only loaning him for the 2019/2020 campaign so that he can persuade the winger to sign a contract at Deepdale going forward.

I’m hopeful that he will stay fit and be a successful loanee to Preston. As well as fans and the club wanting him to do well, he will also be on a personal mission as he’s been called up to England youth in the past.

However he’s only got as far as England under ’20s, so he may be interested in trying to show Gareth Southgate that he’s aiming to break into the first team. The Manchester born player may also be on a mission to prove to Pep Guardiola that he deserves to stay at Manchester City, if he can stay away from physio and bandages.

Could Preston North End reignite former Man Utd prodigy, James Wilson

Preston are interested in signing former Man United forward James Wilson. The 24-year-old forward will be looking for a move to reignite his career. 

He burst onto the scene in 2014, marking his senior debut for Man United with two goals against Hull. As always, the hype and media talk around him went through the roof. He was the next Wayne Rooney after ONE GAME. The striker then scored all four goals in United’s 4-1 win over City in the Manchester Senior Cup final.

United loaned him out to Brighton. However, he struggled to make a positive impact at The Seagulls, scoring just five goals in 28 appearances. A serious knee injury cut short another loan spell at Derby.

In the 2017/18 campaign, Wilson headed to Sheffield United for a spell. Unfortunately, it didn’t prove fruitful for either party as he played just eight times.

Time to give Scotland a go. Aberdeen was the next destination for the forward, he featured 24 times at Pittodrie and scored four goals.

He’s since been released from Man United. I genuinely hope he finds a new club, stays fit and plays regularly. You can’t be signed by United for nothing, there’s a good player in there. Wilson just needs an opportunity, start enjoying his football and scoring goals again.

Looking back, scoring two goals on his debut was probably the worst thing that he could’ve done. The hype on social media that it created, is crazy. His career changed overnight, expectations went mad.

Good luck Wilson, I hope you make the right career move.