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Etihad Campus: Is it a waste?

  • Etihad Campus: Is it a waste?
  • Etihad Campus: Is it a waste?
  • Etihad Campus: Is it a waste?

This week we've seen the departure of promising youth stars John Guidetti and Karim Rekik, which surely begs the question, what is the purpose of the new youth complex?

Guidetti (23) has been a part of City's youth set-up since 2008, including loans to Burnley, Celtic and Stoke. His most successful loan was to Dutch giants Feyenoord where, at 21, he scored 20 goals and made 8 assists in only 23 appearances, propelling his side to second spot in the Eredivisie.

If a 21 year old with that impressive of a goalscoring record can't even push for a spot on the bench then where are we going with this proposed plan?

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Karim Rekik (20) is another who has also moved on after successive loan spells in Holland. The young defender, who was tipped to solve City's left-sided centre back problem, has joined Ligue 1 Marseille for a reported £3.5m.

We are yet to see what happens with other promising young stars, the most popular Jason Denayer, who has performed well at Celtic for the season, and Portuguese winger Marcos Lopes who has spent the season at Lille.

It all looks nice and fancy and I don't want to sound like I'm against it, I'm just not sure what purpose it holds. We're bringing in foreign youth players at the age of 16/17 and then sending them out on loan a year later to get some first team experience. We're not molding any sort of profit/team for the future here, we've simply created a world-class facility to impress the papers.

If Marcos Lopes or Jason Denayer do continue to grow and develop it will be through playing first team football at another club, not through playing against youth in this environment we've built

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