Pep Guardiola declared that Manchester Metropolis might quickly have a unique placing possibility after Liam Delap’s spectacular debut.
The 17-year-old striker took simply 18 minutes to get off the mark, with a candy left-footed end into the highest nook after a intelligent through-ball from Phil Foden.
And the imposing six-footer – the son of former Stoke star Rory – confirmed some neat touches and loads of aggression because the Blues booked a fourth spherical tie at Burnley subsequent week by beating Bournemouth 2-1.
Metropolis are as a result of begin the seek for one other striker within the subsequent yr, with Sergio Aguero’s present deal as a result of expire in 2021.
However Guardiola had no hesitation in placing Delap on the bench for Monday’s opening Premier League win at Wolves, after which choosing him to start out towards the Cherries – one among seven academy merchandise within the XI.
The supervisor added a cautionary word, as Delap continues to be within the studying course of, however he clearly likes the concept of including a giant, bustling striker to Aguero’s energy and ending, and Gabriel Jesus’ hustle and harry.
“He’s a unique striker to what we’ve when it comes to physicality,” stated Guardiola.
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“We see in coaching how good a finisher he’s. Now he needs to be calm and preserve working.
“We’re delighted together with his efficiency – he performed rather well.
“The scenario that we’ve proper now’s we’ve simply 13 gamers obtainable within the first workforce. We’d like gamers from the academy, not simply in coaching periods.
“With the issues we’ve up entrance Liam will stick with us. We’ll use him however we can not overlook like we spoke about Phil (Foden) in earlier seasons – we wish to communicate rapidly about him.
“He’s simply 17, he has loads of issues to enhance. They want their very own time, we can not anticipate the method of every younger participant however like Phil and Eric (Garcia) and Tommy (Doyle) or Liam or Cole Palmer will likely be one other distinctive participant.
“Congratulations to the academy for all the blokes which can be concerned, scouting to recruit these gamers and all of the managers within the academy.
“On the finish I’ve the completed enterprise, the final steps however earlier than there are loads of gamers working for this. Jason Wilcox is now the boss within the academy who helps us to have these gamers.”