Manchester City’s U18s have gone 20 matches unbeaten in this season’s Premier League and their regional title was confirmed on Saturday, but how impressive have their statistics been?
Having won 17 matches and drawn four, City’s win percentage is over 80%. City have dropped just eight points in the first period of this season and will be looking to end the regional stage with wins against Middlesbrough and Liverpool.
Lee Carsley’s side have scored an incredible 70 goals in their 21 matches, at an average of well over three per match.
A 7-0 thrashing of Liverpool in just the third match of the season got the ball rolling and since then City have put 11 past Wolves across two matches and reached the five goal mark in the home victory over Stoke.
The 70 goals City have hit have been shared out amongst the many attacking talents at Carsley’s disposal.
Lorenzo Gonzalez and Jadon Sancho share the accolade as City’s top scorers with 13 each. Following that, Phil Foden and Joe Hardy both have 11 goals despite Foden operating in midfield and Hardy often sharing the lone striker’s role with Gonzalez.
Ian Carlo Poveda rounds off City’s top five with eight strikes of his own.
It’s two names not on the top scorers list that sit proudly at the head of the assists rankings.
Following in behind are Foden with six and Hardy with five.
Not only have City been an irresistible attacking force so far in 2016/17, they have also conceded the fewest goals across both the north and south divisions.
The 20 goals scored against City is one fewer than south champions Chelsea but as many as eight less than nearest northern challengers Manchester United.
In such a competitive squad packed with youth internationals, just making the starting eleven is an excellent achievement for these players.
Foden has been City’s most used squad member so far, having been on the pitch for more than 1500 minutes.
Defenders Joel Latibeaudiere and Ed Francis are close behind Foden while Colin Rosler, Luke Bolton, Matt Smith, Aro Muric, Iker Pozo and Ian Carlo Poveda have all been involved for more than 1000 minutes.
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