The Manchester City Elite Development Squad (or U21s) is a well-coached, well-assembled squad which epitomises the quality of the Academy as a whole.
Recent graduates include the likes of Phil Foden, Tommy Doyle, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia…the list goes on and on.
Last season, Man City U23 hoisted the Premier League 2 trophy and the side previously won the Premier League International Cup in 2014/15, with Kelechi Iheanacho (now at Leicester City) and José Angel Pozo (now at Rayo Vallecano) starring on that occasion.
Man City enters Tuesday’s contest at the Keepmoat Stadium unbeaten in all competitions this season, having scored three or more goals in all but one game thus far – that being a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League 2 opener for both clubs at the beginning of the campaign. Since that time, City have rolled to an average of four goals per game. Their last time out, City used a strong come-from-behind performance to collect a 4-2 win from Crystal Palace in Premier League 2 action from the weekend.
On the campaign, Man City have collected six wins and a draw in all competitions. This includes a 5-1 defeat of RB Leipzig in the UEFA Youth League, as well as a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace in the team’s last game over the weekend as part of Premier League 2 play.
This frightening form extends to the Papa John’s Trophy. They defeated Scunthorpe United 3-0 in late-August.