With Manchester City in League Cup action tonight and suffering several first team injuries Manuel Pellegrini is considering giving Jose Angel Pozo – dubbed ‘Mini Messi’ – his senior debut, the Telegraph
Having signed the Spanish youngster from Real Madrid’s academy for what is a large sum for a youth player, £2.4m, back in 2012 the striker has been turning in some very impressive performances for City’s youth side.
These have led to comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and the 18-year-old could be in line for a senior appearance as the holders start their defence of the trophy against Sheffield Wednesday.
City have picked up a number of first team injuries in recent weeks – Sergio Aguero is nursing a bruised knee, David Silva has an ankle problem and Samir Nasri has a groin complaint while Fernando and Stefan Jovetic are still recovering from lingering injuries and Pablo Zabaleta is suspended.
Pozo, who was prized away from Madrid’s academy on a five year contract, was actually considered for a place on the bench in City’s crunch clash with Chelsea last weekend having been drafted into the 20-man squad.
But now he could make his City bow against the Championship club.
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