Man City stance on academy loan exits amid James McAtee transfer speculation

Man City stance on academy loan exits amid James McAtee transfer speculation
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The recent Covid-19 outbreak in Manchester City may restrict some of the club’s young talent from going out on loan this month.

Set to be a quiet month in terms of transfers, Pep Guardiola has already announced that City will not sign a new striker to replace Ferran Torres in January. Any further incomes at the first team level seem unlikely as the Blues seldom operate in the winter market because they do not feel it offers value for money.

City have been fairly active in the loan market, with Taylor Harwood-Bellis being recalled from his spell at Anderlecht due to reduced playing time, with a fresh loan to Stoke City in the second half of the season.

Similarly, Tommy Doyle has asked to end his spell at Hamburg after struggling to get regular matches, with the German side saying City are in the process of trying to find a new club. Cardiff City manager Steve Morrison has admitted his interest in Doyle. “Yes, he’s a player we love, we’ve looked at him,” Morrison said of the young City player.

“Until that is done, let’s not commit to anything yet.”

Goalkeeper James Trafford has also been recalled from Accrington and has joined Bolton instead.

There have been plenty of rumors about City’s academy players still at the club as well, with the likes of James McCatty reportedly wanted from Southampton and others attracting interest due to their participation in the first team and good performances at academy level.

However, under-23 coach Brian Barry Murphy said he does not expect any big spending on loan this month, but noted that the Covid situation at all levels of the club will play a role in any decision-making process.

For example, McAtee and nine other youngsters were needed on the first-team bench recently, with at least seven senior players in isolation due to Covid and injury causes.

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“I have a lot of experience in the loan market,” said the former Rochdale manager of MEN Sport, without naming McAtee or any other players specifically.

“There will be a group of clubs in a lot of countries that would like to get our players. The situation is very complicated in terms of what is happening with the pandemic. The club will have some ideas, and at the moment I am not aware which of our players have left on loan.

“If that changes, it will have a knockout effect when we lose players to injury, younger players will take part in the battle.

“From our point of view, it’s a case where you don’t lose, it’s making sure that all of our players get as much movement as possible and if that involves loaning to reinforce that, that would be fine.”

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