Manchester City's academy plans are grand. Opening the Etihad Campus—an 80-acre site home to world-class training and medical facilities—is about as big a statement as the club can make about its intention to produce its own players and become financially self-sufficient. It's remarkably bold in its intent.
However, until that is established and given time to develop, the club is likely to struggle to bring through academy graduates capable of playing in the first-team. Since the 2008 takeover by Sheikh Mansour, Manchester City have found it increasingly difficult to blood young talent into the side given the jump in the quality of their senior players.
That's not to say there's no chance, though. Here's a list of seven players the club feels are most likely to make Manuel Pellegrini sit up and take note next season.