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What will exciting Man City 21y/o bring to Hearts

Man City will be possibly loaning out Ryotaro Meshino to Hearts in order to boost his development. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things he will bring to the club.

According to Edinburgh News, Hearts boss, Craig Levein is optimistic about the work permit that could be being granted in order to let 21-year-old Meshino move on loan. Pep Guardiola’s side only recruited him earlier this month, however, traditional Man City style could see him going out on loan to build his own experience and development but also to build his reputation.

The deal has not yet been completed for the midfielder, although hopes are very high for Hearts. If plans go ahead and he does get the decision going on his favour, what could Meshino bring to the Scottish side?


He hasn’t played an awful lot of top tier football so far. Yet he made the transition into becoming a member of the first team at Gamba Osaka earlier this year after he managed to find the back of the net 7 times in 4 games for the Under 23’s side. He’s also been noted to always have an eye for goal, pass a lot and dribble with the ball where and when it’s appropriate. He’s a clever player that will bring a lot of skill to Hearts.


The transition from Japanese football shouldn’t take him too long at all as he’s used to around 28,000 home fans piling the pressure on him. There will be a lot of pressure on the 21-year-old and expectations he’s not used to, however, if he’s going back into Pep Guardiola’s side, it’s something he will have to get used to.

Not only will he be bringing a lot of skill and creativity to Hearts that will hopefully result in goals, but Craig Levein and his team can also prepare him for what it’s going to be like to play over here.

Sterling hat-trick, 5 goals & a clean sheet, and still Man City’s boss demanded more. Here are 2 things he would have learnt

The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things we learnt from watching Pep Guardiola’s Man City side that beat West Ham 5-0 at the weekend.

The opening weekend of the Premier League always brings surprises and the opening weekend of the league and this one was full of goals. With Manchester City’s closest competition, Liverpool winning 4-1 the night before, it was a goal war on the opening weekend to determine who would go to the top of the league at this early stage.

There was some VAR drama in the game although the decision was seemingly right and an awful penalty taken by Aguero got fans talking, it was a good job he got a chance to retake it.

So aside from these factors, what could be learned from the team’s performance this weekend?

Leroy Sané

When the news came in that Sané would be put for some time while he undergoes surgery due to an injury, it was a big blow. He had looked positive in pre-season and was expected to be a big part of the season for the Blues. Speculation started to grow to who would start and in what position for Man City.

I predicted that Sterling would drop to a wing position and Jesus could go upfront alone. This is exactly what happened and Man City still performed brilliantly. Jesus got on the score sheet and Raheem Sterling managed a hat-trick which was brilliant for my fantasy football team. This shows that the team can produce that same level of football without a key asset.

Training Standards

Off the back of my first point, this also proves that Pep Guardiola’s side has training standards higher than any other Premier League team. This is because other teams could have a player out injured and you’d be able to tell. With this Man City side, I honestly believe that there’s always someone else that can cover or drop into a position and perform to the same standard.

Look at when Kevin De Bruyne was out and Bernardo Silva had to reinvent himself, they still won the league. Vincent Kompany has left yet the defence is still tight. Guardiola apparently still had improvements that he wanted his squad to go over after Saturday’s performance, which is why his players always give it their all. The pressure clearly makes them strive and this is why they will win the league once again this season.

Mangala out: Two youths that could take supposed Valencia bound defender

According to goal.com, Man City defender Eliaquim Mangala is going back to Valencia on a loan period.

The centre back last had a competitive game in February 2018. The 28-year-old moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2014 and became one of the most expensive defenders in British transfer history. However, he has struggled to impress and perform at his best at Man City, especially since Pep Guardiola came in and practically ‘ghosted’ him.

Apparently, the defender will sign a 12-month loan deal that should be finished at the end of this week. With this taking place, which young Man City starlets could step up to be more successful in the centre back position. Pep Guardiola’s side isn’t shy of options…

Joel Latibeaudiere

The 19-year-old has had contract problems before with other clubs looking to be after him. However, he’s started playing for Man City’s youth ranked teams again and is trying to stay fit. He has captained the Man City Under 18 squad and is comfortable at right-back and centre back. England has also recognised his talent as he’s been in the youth squads there too. My prediction is that he will impress elsewhere before he gets the chance to feature in Pep Guardiola’s team, although while he is in the lower ages squads, he will prove that he’s capable.

Colin Rosler

Being the son of a City legend, Uwe Rosler and named after another legend, Colin Bell, there was only one club he was ever going to play for. The 19-year-old defender described joining Manchester City as a dream come true. He has also captained youth rank teams with the blues previously and is a confident centre half. He could benefit from a loan period at another club but as his career grows, he might get a chance to pull through for the first team.

Two players to look out for this season for Man City Women

Nick Cushing’s Man City Women’s side should be out on a mission to win the Women’s Super League this season. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players that should play a pivotal role in fulfilling that dream.

If you follow the Women’s Super League, you’ll know that Man City normally go head to head with Arsenal for the top spot. I along with many Man City fans are hoping that the women part of the squad who featured for the Lionesses this summer will be hungry enough to take that title.

Out of all the teams in the league, Man City women will more than likely benefit the most when it comes to fans, as a large number of the team made history with the viewing figures reaching record-breaking numbers this summer. This is definitely going to bring in more fans and with that in mind, here are two players that will stand out for Man City this season…

Ellen White

A stand out player in France and an absolutely fantastic player in general. I can’t wait to see her in action at the Etihad on the opening game of the season, as I’m sure she will be a huge part of the Blues squad this season.

The striker has only signed for Man City this summer from Birmingham City. There’s no doubt in my mind that she will deliver for Nick Cushing’s and the team as she will blend right in with the girls who played in the World Cup. Her efforts will also see Man City either win the title or get extremely close to again.

Steph Houghton

The defender has captained Man City and the Lionesses for quite some time, only now she will gain a huge interest from fans as she played a massive part of the Lionesses World Cup campaign.

I think it’s safe to say that the hearts of the nation went out to her this summer as she had to make a statement following the semi-final loss. The nation was behind the whole team but Steph is a brilliant leader who strives for the best. This is why I think she will have an amazing season as she will be motivated to put the World Cup behind her and deliver for the Blues instead.

Man City to kick off the title defence with this starting backline

Man City start their Premier League campaign at West Ham this weekend and the Football Man Cave is taking a closer look at their defence.

Following Vincent Kompany’s departure from the club at the end of last season, Man City fans have been wondering who will fill that space and how exactly their defence would line up throughout the season.

Pep Guardiola has had the chance to see a range of different players over the pre-season period, and it’s given everyone a clearer picture of how the squad might line up. We have picked out who we think might line up against West Ham…

Kyle Walker

He was always going to be a part of the team, however, the clearance he made off the line against Liverpool in the Community Shield was something that has proven to fans, management and the club why he’s in the squad. The defender will be ready and raring to go this weekend after his performance last weekend and the reaction he received.

John Stones

Proving that they can work well together, Stones and Walker will be the first two defenders in mind when it comes to Saturday. He’s known to make mistakes and has had a bad reception from England fans in the past. However, his league game is always better and he proves exactly why he should be in the City squad.


This week, the Daily Mail reported how the midfielder has been in talks with Pep Guardiola over filling Vincent Kompany’s position at the back. Now that the squad is full of fresh midfielders such as Rodri, it has become harder for Fernandinho to be picked in his known position. However, Guardiola has had a plan of action again and that’s to get the versatile player to drop into a centre back position.

It’s probably risky to start him on Saturday although it would be a good chance to see him in action and if things aren’t working, he can be replaced by one of the other experienced defenders that Guardiola has coached.


Relied on a lot in pre-season and for Man City over the past year, he is looking to be a great asset to the growing City team. The 22-year-old started against Liverpool at the weekend and should be given another chance to shine at West Ham.

Is Fernandinho the Kompany replacement Man City need?

The Manchester Evening News has reported how Fernandinho has been in talks with Pep Guardiola about filling the centre back position. The Football Manc Cave is taking a look to see if he’s the Kompany replacement Man City need.

Fernandinho featured in the centre back position a few times for Man City last year. This was probably so that Guardiola could start to see which of his players could step up to fill Vincent Kompany’s position. I don’t think anyone at this stage is claiming that the 34-year-old will completely replace Kompany and get that same level of respect he had, however, he could certainly help at the back.


He’s known as a defensive midfielder and Pep Guardiola is known for exploring players qualities. It’s been a struggle for Man City to find anyone who could live up to Vincent Kompany’s level this summer. With the only real connection being Harry Maguire who was too expensive, and in my opinion, would have filled that hole to Guardiola’s standard.

There’s also been increased competition for a spot in the middle since the signing of Rodri and this puts Fernandinho further down the pecking order to be picked in that position. This is why it makes sense for the defensive midfielder to drop back and try his luck in a centre back position.

He will obviously need to train a lot more to make sure he’s ready for the league but it is a good plan of action. Fernandinho has said himself that being an option in multiple positions makes it easier for the manager whether it be to fill in for an injury or drop back into a different position permanently.

Pep Guardiola must be doing something right, as Man City managed to win the Community Shield at the weekend and Kyle Walker’s clearance off the line was brilliant. Whatever the defence is doing in training is working and it can only get better with Fernandinho in the mix.

Lowdown: Who is Man City’s 22 y/o Spanish winger target

We’re extremely close to the start of the football season and teams are putting final touches on training, plans and transfers. Today The Football Manc Cave are looking at Man City’s new rumoured player of interest.

According to en.as.com, Man City are willing to pay Mikel Oyarzabal’s release clause for him to move to the Manchester side. Pep Guardiola has had to consider that Leroy Sané is still linked with Bayern Munich so he may need a replacement. Real Sociedad are reluctant to let their striker leave, however, Manchester City has contacted the player’s representatives to let them know of their intentions to activate his £75 million release clause.

So Who Is He?

Oyarzabal is 22 years old and he shone during Spain’s Under 21 success this summer. He is well respected by his club and the fans of Real Sociedad, as he took over the title of the ‘heart of the club’ from Xabi Prieto. This is one main factor to why the club is trying their best to keep their player.

The winger also came through the youth ranks at Real Sociedad and Eibar. As well as his success with league football, he’s also appeared for Spain’s Under 18’s, 19’s, 21’s and their senior squad. Since signing for Real Sociedad professionally in 2015, he has appeared 132 times and managed to bag 33 goals.

His current contract with Sociedad currently runs to 2024. So it would be down to the player to make a decision on whether he wants Premier League football and to be a part of Pep Guardiola’s side. Our guess is that the players’ representatives will be asked to do everything they can, to try and keep him at his current club.

Worth Mentioning

Fans should also consider the fact that Athletic Bilbao cane knocking for the striker previously and Real Sociedad rejected their advances. This was at a time when Oyarzabal’s release clause at a much smaller fee. However, it’s not like Man City can’t afford the prices asked, and the Blues are a big appeal to players who want to boost their career even further so we will have to wait for the player’s decision.

Leroy Sané is also holding up this decision as Pep Guardiola will have to wait on his future, as that will determine whether he does need a replacement or not.

Man City Women: 2 strengths, 2 weakness that will see them win the league

Manchester City will hopefully win the Women’s Super League this season. Nick Cushings has been busy this transfer window which determines his hunger for the title.

The Blues managed a 2nd place finish last season behind Arsenal. A lot of his players have been out in France over the summer taking part in the World Cup and have now returned hopefully with the ambition do impress.

The Football Manc Cave looks at 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that will have an impact on their 2019/20 campaign which will hopefully see them win the league.

Strength 1: Ellen White

I personally am so excited to see Ellen White in a Man City shirt this coming season. She was brilliant in the World Cup and even managed to bag third place in the golden boot race, which arguably she should have had a higher total after VAR ruled a few of her goals out.

She will more than likely be hungry to be successful as she goes up against her ex-club, Birmingham City. She will also be on the same team as her England teammates and be aiming to win something this season.

Strength 2: World Cup

All teams in men’s and women’s football have pre-season friendlies only Manchester City have practically had all summer to warm up. Keeper Karen Bardsley, defender Steph Houghton, midfielder Jill Scott and striker Ellen White are just a handful of the players who Phil Neville took to France this summer.

They all looked really promising as they played great football and only failed at the semi-final hurdle which again, was a great fight. As well as this giving a lot of Nick Cushing’s side the chance to bond, it also should give the players a need for a win. This hopefully will be the League.

Weakness 1: Arsenal

Last season saw Arsenal win the Super League with 54 points. Man City finished 2nd with 47 points. It’s clear to see that Arsenal will more than likely be Cushings’ biggest competition but hopefully, his team will be hungry and motivated enough to get a few more points this year in order to try and catch up with the Gunners. With Man United now in the same league, they’ll be hoping to take all 6 points possible from their rivals which could be crucial.

Weakness 2: World Cup

Now, this was obviously a factor I chose to go in the strengths of this article, and I do believe it will have some positive impact on the club going into their new campaign. However, I also think it will leave some of the players feeling deflated as they have suffered semi-final losses before and this time was no different.

Even though new fans and bigger crowds should convince the likes of Steph Houghton and Jill Scott that their World Cup efforts were widely appreciated. I can imagine that it’s still hard to get over losing to the USA.

Manchester City fans will have to hope Nick Cushings can convince his players to give it their all and push for the title.

Should Preston North End go all out for Man City 22y/o?

Journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Man City winger, Brandon Barker could be going to Preston North End.

Nixon tweeted yesterday to claim that the 22-year-old is wanted by Preston. He also claimed that Man City are wanting a fee for their player, however, Preston only wants him on loan so this is why his future has been held up.

Some Preston fans are reacting to the statement and saying that it sounds ‘typical’ of their club as they don’t want to spend money. Others are arguing that their club is being sensible in not signing the City player immediately, as he has had a previous case of hamstring injuries. If the player can get over his injuries and stay fit, here are two reasons why Preston should aim to pull this deal off…

Loan Spell

Barker has been on loan to different clubs for most of his time at Man City and last season he spent time at Preston. He only made 12 appearances for The Lilywhites which is probably why they are sceptical of offering him a permanent deal as this wasn’t enough time to make up their mind. A loan deal would be sensible and would make sense for Alex Neil as he can make his mind upon the winger when the loan period comes to an end.

If Barker performs well, the deal could be turned into something permanent if they can meet Man City’s fees. However, if things don’t go to plan, Preston would have been right in not spending and wasting money on him.

Man City

Pep Guardiola’s side is known for the pressure he puts them under due to his outstanding training and coaching. Brandon Barker would have been a part of this development in the times, he’s not been on loan and he could bring that experience to the players at Deepdale. He has spent all his youth with the Blues and broke into the senior squad in 2015. Since then he’s been on loan to NAC Breda and Hibernian as well as Preston. All this experience should give him the determination to find his feet at Deepdale if he can stay fit.

He won’t only have the determination to get starts and play regular football, he will also want to impress other clubs. If this loan goes ahead, he knows he will be being monitored by Man City, other possible clubs of interest and he’s also had caps for England youth squads so maybe he will aim to impress Gareth Southgate. Man City will keep an eye on him to see if they can put his value up when the time comes for the 22-year-old to make his mind up on his future.

‘Not good enough’ ‘They were completely knackered and it showed’ Man City Fans unhappy after ‘fitness session’ defeat

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Man City fans’ reaction to the loss they suffered against Wolves in the Premier League Asia Cup yesterday. 

Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t find the back of the net in the final, as it finished 0-0. Which sent the game straight to penalties and Wolves won 3-2. 

There were a lot of changes to the starting line up throughout the game as the blues manager started to worry. There was also a shuffle around in the captain department, as Kevin De Bruyne wore the armband at the start of the game. This soon got passed to David Silva, as De Bruyne was brought off. A missed penalty for Man City was also thrown in the mix. A lot of Man City fans don’t seem too bothered about the loss and are simply calling it a ‘warm-up session.’ 

It’s an optimistic way to look at it, although some disagree stating that these are games that should be taken more seriously. Its points like this in the Premier League that the Blues need to make sure they are picking up.

Here are your thoughts… 

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