With new manager Paul Harsley at the helm, this was a season of consolidation for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad (EDS), while the Academy enjoyed another fine year.
In the EDS, though there was a frustrating group stage exit in the UEFA Youth League, the City youngsters hugely impressed in the Checkatrade Trophy before bowing out at Sunderland in the quarter-finals. Five EDS players also made their first team debuts over the course of the campaign.
The Academy celebrated a number of tournament wins across the age groups. Guided by manager Gareth Taylor, the U18s won the Premier League Under-18 Cup, beating Middlesbrough 1-0 in the final at the Riverside thanks to a wonderful strike from Felix Nmecha.
Taylor’s young charges also demonstrated their ability and character by reaching the FA Youth Cup final – our fourth appearance in the showpiece game in five years – only to lose out to Liverpool 5-3 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.
A total of 51 players represented their country from U14-23, including 25 England players.